Broughton Nature Reserve, Bretton Road, Bretton, CH4 0DN (By Appointment)
On street parking on Bretton Road
Grid Reference: SJ 349 634
No toilet facilities available
By appointment only
Broughton Nature Reserve lies just to the South of Broughton Shopping Centre. The story of its origin is complex but it came into Wild Ground’s ownership in 2013, specifically for the on-going protection of great crested newt. The reserve also hosts small populations of all the widespread UK amphibian species, the ponds provide good habitat for dragonflies and other invertebrates and the range of terrestrial habitats encourages a diversity of butterfly and birds.
Broadleaved woodland, hedgerow, meadow, ponds
- Amphibians: great crested newt, common frog, common toad, smooth newt and palmate newt.
- Dragonflies: emperor and common darter
- Birds: snipe, whitethroat and kestrel
The ponds also provide good habitat for a number of top invertebrate predators including great diving beetle and water scorpion.
The site is owned and managed by Wild Ground.