Wetland plants, important invertebrates and protected amphibians show why our smallest nature reserve is also one of the most important.

Location

Reserve is at the southern end of Greenways in the village of Over Kellet
Carnforth
Lancashire
LA6 1DE

OS Map Reference

SD 525 698
A static map of Over Kellet Pond

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Parking information

Parking on Greenways.

Access

Access from the estate.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

Spring to Summer

About the reserve

Agricultural pasture and housing might lie just beyond its boundaries, but Over Kellet Pond has survived as a tiny remnant of wetland habitat just east of Carnforth. It might be small, but this 0.11 hectare reserve is a prime example of why size isn’t everything.

Peer into the pond and you might be lucky enough to spot five fantastic species of amphibian. Common frog, common toad, smooth newt, palmate newt and the protected great-crested newt all breed beneath the water, taking refuge among wetland plants like marsh cinquefoil, bog pondweed, horned pondweed and bladder sedge – the latter a vulnerable species in Lancashire.

Life doesn’t stop at the pond itself. It is bordered by colourful plants including yellow iris and purple loosestrife, as well as cuckooflower, great willowherb and a range of reed species. 19-spot ladybirds and guelder-rose leaf beetles feed among the vegetation, while white ramshorn snails slide around at the water’s edge. Sedge warblers fill the air with their incessant, urgent chattering, kingfishers zip in and out of the water, and soprano pipistrelle bats feed over the surrounding landscape.

Contact us

Steve Ryder
Contact number: 01524 855030
Contact email: sryder@lancswt.org.uk

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site