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Brockholes Nature Reserve

Nature reserve and Visitor Village

Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.


There's lots to see and do at Brockholes, you can hunt out our floating (a UK first!) Visitor Village with a restaurant, shops and Welcome Centre or explore our family-friendly hides, walking trails and play area. A wide range of events all year round and group visit packages available. 


Opened to the public in April 2011, Brockholes is a former sand and gravel quarry which has been transformed by The Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The reserve is still growing, and has a fantastic range of habitats to see, all year round.


Spring sees the arrival of the Brockholes baby boom, with record numbers of breeding wader birds year on year. You can also take a stroll through the beautiful bluebell woods.


In summer, the reserve is literally buzzing with a whole host of dragonfly, damselfy, butterfly and moths. Brockholes also attracts a range of over wintering birds.


Located right next to one of the UK's busiest motorways, Brockholes is a fantastic example of how wildlife can thrive with a little helping hand. 


Nearby nature reserves

Boilton, Nab, Redscar and Tunbrook Woods
1 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Willow Farm Wood Nature Reserve
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Cop Lane
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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Reserve information

Just off Junction 31 of the M6
Map reference
SD 588 306
Great for...
a family day out
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Opening Times
Summer 2015 (1 April 2015 - 31 October 2015) 10am-5pm. Winter 2015/16 (1 November 2015 - 24 March 2016) 10am-4pm. The Visitor Village is closed on Mondays during this period (except for Mon 28 Dec 2015 & Mon 15 Feb 2016). We are also closed on 24 & 25 Dec 2015. Summer 2016 (begins 25 March 2016) 10am-5pm.
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
99.59 hectares

Walking information
Brockholes has several walking trails alongside a wider reserve to explore. Regular guided walks are also run, see the website for details.
Car park on site. More information at
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Contact Main Office
Tel: 01772 872000