Brown Robin Nature Reserve

Morecambe Bay by Tony RichardsThe 26 hectares of Brown Robin consist of half woodland and half grassland. The land once was part of a traditional working farm. The reserve offers view across Morecambe bay to Arnside as well as one of Whitbarrow Scar.

In the woodland are found ash, hazel, yew, spindle (poisonous berries), sycamore, and beech. Spurge laurel is found in most of the wooded area, and mosses in the limestone pavement areas. In past centuries the woods were coppiced, cleared, and planted. Go in the spring to see bluebells, wood anemone, primroses, and wild garlic (ramson).

OxEye Daisies by Charles WinpennyThe grassland has thin soil in some places underlaid with limestone. Primrose, salad burnet, pignut, fairy flax, and rockrose are located in the Merlewood Bank area of the grassland. Oxeye daisy, yarrow, and knapweed are on Blawith Hill and the Top fields. Grasses consist of perennial ryegrass and cocksfoot. Clover, thistle, buttercup, and nettles grow in the former paddock and park areas.

Roe deer inhabit the area along with rabbits and squirrels. Birds on the reserve are the treecreeper, nuthatch, woodpecker, and shelduck.

Roe Deer by Tony RichardsLocation: Brown Robin Nature Reserve is near Grange over Sands railway station.
For pedestrian access: from the rail station walk to the Netherwood Hotel drive, take a farm track left.
For vehicle access: from the B5271 road from Windermere; park at a lay-by. From the A590 from Kendal, go to Grange over Sands, past rail station, right at mini roundabout to Lindale, park 1km further on.

Map Reference:
OS 1:50,000
Sheet No. 96
SD 414 786
Open to the public

Photos courtesy of Tony Richards , Charles Winpenny

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