A wetland reserve consisting of reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother
This wetland reserve consists of reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother on part of the site of the decommissioned Avenue Coking Works. The habitat was created in 2005 and a good variety of wildlife has been attracted to add to the species that were already well established. The reserve is important for its water voles and great crested newts. In addition, farmland birds such as skylark and yellowhammer are well established here, while wetland birds including lapwing, tufted duck and little grebe breed on the reserve. Wintering water birds include wigeon, teal and snipe, and bittern has been seen on the reserve. As the reedbed and marsh develop it is hoped that reed warbler and sedge warbler will become regular summer visitors. The scrub and tall herb areas of the site attract passerine birds such as grasshopper warbler, linnet and whitethroat. A good range of butterflies, dragonflies and other invertebrates create much additional interest.
Access is off Mill Lane just south of the Hunloke Arms on the A61.
Monthly conservation work parties take place on the reserve and volunteers are always welcome. To find out more see our events section.