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Status: Local Nature Reserve
Summary: Managed as an area of conservation value in what is otherwise an area of vast intensive arable land and urban expansion.
Situated on Wash Road Hutton - car parking available.
Description: The reserve contains a large area of natural grassland, an area of ancient woodland, ponds, wetland and the River Wid, which forms the northerly border. The railway line dissects the park forming separate north and south sectors, of which the northern section is grazed by cattle between April and October.
Reason for interest: The ponds are extremely valuable for conservation reasons and often support rare species, especially the wetland pond, which has developed a specialist ecosystem. The ancient semi-natural woodland contains mainly oak and hornbeam through which a single path runs. 550 native trees and shrubs (such as oak, hazel and black poplar) have recently been planted adjacent to the woodland to form a buffer strip at the nature reserve to protect existing woodland and provide an enhanced refuge for wildlife.
Comment: The majority of the park is covered in semi-natural species rich grassland on neutral soil. Newt, toad, frog, Wasp Spider, Kingfisher, Moor Hen, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Emperor Dragonfly, Large Red Damselfly, Purple Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Clouded Yellow have all been sighted at this location. In April and May you will see bluebells covering the woodland floor.
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