The Pastoral Team invite you all to a fun family day out on Saturday 23rd June. At Brockholes Nature Reserve which is near Junction 31 of the M6 – about 40 mins drive from Rossendale.
Brockholes is run by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. It is on the site of an old quarry. The trust has created an environment that provides habitats for lots of different animals, birds and insects. There are walking trails, viewing points, themed woodlands with wooden carvings to look for and ‘The Look Out’ – the purpose built hide which overlooks Number One pit where there are a variety of birds. There is also a play area, a picnic area and lots of benches around the site.
The Floating Visitor Village houses:
- An information centre, where there is a list of the birds and animals that have been seen recently.
- A Shop
- An Ice-cream Parlour
- A Restaurant
- An outside seating area
Nearer the time there will be a list for those who would like to go but need transport. Entry to the site is free. There is a charge of £5 per car for the day.
The thought is to all meet up at 10.30am outside the restaurant (inside if wet) then people can decide how they want to enjoy the day. You can bring a picnic or eat in the lakeside restaurant.
There are 3 main walking trails so groups may form to do these. Trev is going to run a photography walk for anyone interested.
Brockholes does run a photography competition each month. The winner gets a free day pass plus coffee and cake for two in the lakeside restaurant. Winning photos are also showcased in the information centre and on the website. The theme for June is Butterflies or Moths and for July it’s Summer Colours. The rules can be seen on the website.
Brockholes is a haven for wildlife and there will be young animals and birds around so it is not possible to take dogs on the outing this year. More info later. Put the date in your diary.