National and Local Nature Reserves are discussed under Statutory Sites. Here we introduce the other nature reserves in the county managed by a variety of bodies such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and N. Merseyside.
Unlike National and Local Nature Reserves these reserves are not legally protected in their own right. They may, however, have some other status, such as being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest or identified as a Biological Heritage Site.
Sites in this category form the majority of the nature reserves in the County. Most are open to public access, some may make an admission charge and a few require permission in advance from the site managers. Summary details of a number of these sites are given below. For further information see the relevant organisations web site.
There are other sites in the County which may not be called nature reserves but nevertheless have wildlife interest and can be visited by the public. These are owned or managed by a number of organizations including the Woodland Trust and National Trust. Their web sites give details of the sites you can visit in Lancashire.
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Site Managers for Other Nature Reserves
|RSPB||Royal Society for the Protection of Birds||01524 701601||http://www.rspb.org.uk/|
|WTLMNM||Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and N. Merseyside||01772 324129||http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/|
|WWT||Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust||01704 895181||http://www.wwt.org.uk/|
Other Nature Reserves in Lancashire
|ID||Reserve Name||Organization||Area/Interest||Grid Reference||Entry|
|1||Arley Lodge||WTLMNM||4.6ha. Reservoir and margins||SD 585112||Permit required|
|2||Barnabys Sands and Burrows Marsh||WTLMNM||104ha. Saltmarsh and birds||SD 355450 SD 350461|
|3||Boilton Wood||WTLMNM||6ha. Ancient woodland||SD 580313|
|4||Burton/Lawsons Wood||WTLMNM||12.8ha. Ancient woodland||SD 553663||Permit required|
|5||Cop Lane||WTLMNM||0.5ha. old railway sidings||SD 534276||Permit required|
|6||Croston Marsh||WTLMNM||1.2ha. Reedbed and marsh||SD 483187||Permit required|
|7||Cuerden Valley Park||WTLMNM||240ha. Grassland, woodland and wetland||SD 565238||Surfaced and unsurfaced footpaths, cyclyway|
|8||Dean Wood||WTLMNM||5ha. Ancient woodland||SD 629153||Permit required|
|9||Fleetwood Marsh||WTLMNM||0.5ha. Reedbed||SD 328455|
|10||Freemans Pasture||WTLMNM||1.2ha. Species-rich grassland||SD 564154||Permit required|
|11||Great Plumpton Sidings||WTLMNM||1ha. Old railway sidings||SD 387336||Permit required|
|12||Haskayne Cutting||WTLMNM||1.7 miles. Old railway line||SD 357089||Permit required|
|13||Heysham Nature Reserve||WTLMNM||10ha. Wetland, grassland and birds||SD 407401||Permit required|
|14||Leighton Moss||RSPB||Birds, reedbed, mammals||SD 482500||Donations|
|15||Longworth Clough||WTLMNM||56ha. Ancient woodland, wetland and grassland||SD 695102||Please keep to the main paths|
|16||Lords Lot Bog||WTLMNM||1ha. Wetland||SD 546705|
|17||Martin Mere||WWT||Birds, wetland and visitor attractions||SD 420145||Entrance fee for non-members|
|18||Mere Sands Wood||WTLMNM||42ha. Birds, wetland and woodland||SD 447157||Nature trails, hides|
|19||Morecambe Bay||RSPB||Birds, saltmarsh and sandflats||SD 470730||Nature trails, hides|
|20||Over Kellett Pond||WTLMNM||0.5ha. Wetland||SD 524698|
|21||Pleasington Old Hall Wood and Wildlife Garden||WTLMNM||4ha. Woodland and wildlife garden||SD 646270|
|22||Red Scar and Tun Brook Woods||WTLMNM||64ha. Ancient woodland||SD 646270||Permit required|
|23||Upper Coldwell Reservoir||WTLMNM||9ha. Reservoir and species-rich grassland||SD 905360||Permit required|
|24||Warton Crag||WTLMNM||35ha. Limestone pavement, grassland and ancient woodland||SD 493728||Please keep to existing paths|
|25||Warton Crag||RSPB||Part of the Leighton Moss Reserve|