Know before you go
Parking informationParking available in Otters Rest, off Chesterton Drive
Kissing gate at Otters Rest, stone covered path, good all year round
Paths around these reserve are accessible to all and are relatively good in all weather conditions.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
This reserve is a 2km wildlife corridor with pond, marshy grassland and woodland. The reserve is noted for its invertebrates found in decaying wood within the brook. This valuable wildlife corridor was once dominated by rough, species-poor grassland and scrub until recent enhancement through the creation of a number of pools. These already support a significant variety of wetland plants such as brooklime and lesser water-parsnip, and provide an excellent place to watch dragonflies in the summer. The shaded stream supports mature alder and willow, some of which have been pollarded. Fallen trees provide a wealth of niches for small mammals and invertebrates.