Brockholes is the Lancashire Wildlife Trust's new nature reserve, located at Junction 31, M6, Preston. The award winning nature reserve and floating Visitor Village has already attracted over 200,000 visitors. 


Pop by for a visit

You can enjoy a stroll around our trails, enjoy the play area, or hunt out our shops, restaurant and exhibition area, all floating on the lake. For more information about visiting Brockholes click here.


Brockholes was a major quarry extraction site, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has worked for nearly ten years to secure the site and regenerate it as a mosaic of key habitats. 

Aerial view of Brockholes by David Gaskell

Our ongoing conservation work has certainly been given a seal of approval; Lapwing, Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover and Reed Bunting are flocking back year after year and we have also had a few very exciting visitors including a Bittern and Green Sandpiper.

And it doesn’t stop there; the reserve is growing and changing all the time and over the next two years we will be building a family hide, where visitors will be able to enjoy views of the Sandmartins fly in and out of their breeding holes. 



Volunteers at Brockholes

Brockholes has an army of over 200 committed volunteers, who in year one contributed 15,212 hours towards the operation and maintenance of the nature reserve and Visitor Village. Volunteers are essential to the operation of Brockholes and we are still recruiting, we have many varied roles available you can find out more here.


Jason LockCommunity

Brockholes has far reaching effects into the local community. Project Trail, funded by Children in Need and The Oglesby Charitable Trust aims to connect children and young people from the local area with Brockholes through a range of exciting activities. We are also working with young people aged 14-19 by setting up local fishing groups in both Callon & Moor Nook Estates.


Many local schools have visited Brockholes in its first year, our education facilities include a classroom, dipping pool and platform and a series of child friendly trails throughout the reserve. For more information about education at Brockholes click here.


Latest News

Jul 14, 2014

Photographers will get an opportunity to show the really wild side of Blackpool in a summer competition . . . and they will be helping wildlife.


Upcoming Events

Date: 2 August 2014 09:30 to 16:00

Led by a pro landscape photographer at Heysham NR

Date: 2 August 2014 14:00 to 17:00

Find out how the mosslands helped save lives during World War I!

Date: 3 August 2014 09:45 to 12:00

Join in this fun event as part of National Marine Week


Protecting Wildlife for the Future

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is a Registered Charity (No. 229325) and a Registered Company (No.731548) dedicated to the protection and promotion of the wildlife in Lancashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manchester and four of Merseyside, all lying North of the River Mersey. © Lancashire Wildlife Trust 2013.

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