Wood Lane Nature Reserve

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Wood Lane Nature Reserve

Wood Lane Nature Reserve

Wood Lane is the Tudor Griffiths Group sand and gravel extraction site near Ellesmere, Shropshire. The worked out parts of the quarry provide an exciting opportunity to enhance the whole area in terms of nature conservation and provision of various wildlife habitats for a wide range of wildlife. To further develop nature conservation work, The Tudor Griffiths Group has earmarked a restored area of the quarry as a nature reserve with open access for visitors to enjoy. This has been established jointly with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust as part of a nation-wide network of Wildlife Trust nature reserves. The site has been long known to bird watchers because of the wetland area, which encourages a range of waders. Wood Lane is also the focus of an environmental education programme for North Shropshire schools. The web site will tell you about what is happening at this exciting reserve. Please use the contacts to find out more and come and visit Wood Lane soon. Excellent web site with latest sightings and podcasts.Click here for more details.....

The reserve is a rare and much valued haven for breeding birds including lapwing, tree sparrow, oystercatcher, shelduck and little ringed plover pictured. The sand mountain provides an ideal nesting site for sand martin, of which 500 pairs have been known, while waders, such as greenshank, ruff and green sandpiper drop off to feed here on their autumn migration. At this time of year you never know quite what might swoop down – a snow goose appeared briefly in autumn 2002 and a Hottentot teal in 2009.

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