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Moor Piece Nature Reserve

A mix of semi-natural woodland dominated by birch, and conifer plantation.

An area of semi-natural woodland dominated by Birch, with a fringe of conifers along the northwestern boundary. In addition there is a block of predominantly Scots Pine plantation, which is developing a Birch understory.  

 

To the north of Rabbit Lane the Birch has naturally self-seeded onto what was in the past an open area of peat bog. Whilst the vegetation is dominated by tussocks of Purple Moor-grass, bog plants such as Sphagnum moss, Bog Asphodel, Cranberry and Cross-leaved Heath are still evident.  Extensive control of Rhododendron has been carried out, but is still much in evidence, giving the benefit of cover for birds and restricting access.

 

Over 80 species of bird have been recorded from the site, of which 38 have been confirmed as breeding. The main ornithological significance lies in the populations of breeding Pied Flycatcher and Redstart.

 

The woodland to the south of Rabbit Lane is generally drier and has a greater proportion of Oak, although a small watercourse through the compartment supports many Alder trees.

 

There is a resident deer population, mainly Roe with some Sika, which tend to restrict natural regeneration within the woodland owing to their grazing activities. Management techniques are being applied to try to overcome this problem with the installation of deer exclusion fencing and by selected thinning, leaving the deadwood to try to disrupt the deer’s movements.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Cross Hill Quarry Local Nature Reserve
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Salthill Quarry Local Nature Reserve
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Boilton, Nab, Redscar and Tunbrook Woods
11 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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Reserve information

Location
Rabbit Lane North of Bashall Eaves
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 3NB
Map reference
SD 692 446
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Opening Times
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Size
28.00 hectares
Access
Permit required

Available to members only. Contact the Reserve Manager.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Kim Coverdale
Tel: 07841 996722
kcoverdale@lancswt.org.uk