A day out at Broockholes nature reserve....
A big thank you to Home Jules for blogging about this place, I loved it... and after reading her comments it looks like one or two of you have been here too..(Sarah)
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working on developing Brockholes for nearly 20 years, it first opened it's doors in the summer of 2011. It has a range of habitats, reedbed,woodland, marsh and meadows. With a on-site shop and restaurant situated on a floating village.
The drive was a easy one straight down the A59, and the sun was shining, after parking up and stepping out I saw more Blue Butterflies in one minuet than I have seen in all my life ! and it was teaming with blue damselflies too. The first flower I spotted was Grass Vetching which I have not recorded before, OH said we had to leave the car park at some point and look round.
We walked round the visitors centre, then the meadow walk towards the river Ribble. Some how miss Deep Dark Wood where the Gruffalo lives, that Julie has posted about (see here) and walked along the river past the very impressive Giant Hogweed, another plant to put on my list.
As I mentioned before there were more Blue Butterflies here than I've ever seen before, but those people in the know will know they do NOT stay still !! and I don't know if they are all the same Common Blue ? ( over to you CT and Roy ) please let me know.
After a pit stop of a very large ice cream and the chance to cool down, we did the walk the reserve walk which is about two miles taking in wood land at the far end, here we could get in the hides on the lake side, quiet away from the play areas and centre. There were only a few birds out on the water but we managed to see some more Butterflies on the way round.
The grasses looked stunning some over six foot tall, swaying in the breeze. The last part of the walk is through the bottom edge of Boilton Woods which was nice and cool after walking in the hot sun.
We had a supper day and would recommend this place to visit young and old, there is something for everyone.