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Freeman's Pools

Mosaic of interconnected pools, ponds and other wetland habitats supporting breeding birds, wintering waders and wildfowl, otter and a range of wetland and grassland invertebrates.

Freeman’s Pools is a mosaic of interconnected pools, ponds and other wetland habitats created after the digging of borrow pits for the Lower Lune flood alleviation scheme.

 

The reserve supports breeding birds such as sedge warbler and reed bunting, oystercatcher and little ringed plover, wintering waders including snipe and Jack snipe, and wildfowl including teal and shoveler, goldeneye and gadwall. Wintering smew have also been recorded on the reserve, as well as passage migrants such as black-tailed godwit and green sandpiper. 

 

Barn owl and marsh harrier are occasionally seen hunting, and the reserve is visited by otter and roe deer.

 

A range of wetland and grassland invertebrates are supported, including breeding dragonflies such as black-tailed skimmer, emperor and four-spotted chaser and grassland butterflies such as meadow brown, large skipper and common blue.

 

A mature native black poplar (one of the UK’s rarest trees) stands within Freeman’s Wood on the reserve boundary, and native black poplar saplings have been planted within the reserve’s woodland belt. The reserve is managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Heysham Moss
2 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Middleton Nature Reserve
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Heysham Nature Reserve
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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Reserve information

Location
The reserve is situated alongside the Lancaster- Glasson cyclepath, which is accessed from the western end of New Quay Road, Lancaster.
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 5QS
Map reference
SD 456 615
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
6.10 hectares
Access
No

No public access into the reserve, but entire site can be seen from viewing points situated on the cyclepath and public footpaths that run along the reserve boundaries.
Parking
Roadside parking on New Quay Road.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Steve Ryder
Tel: 01524 855030
sryder@lancswt.org.uk