Quarry Banks Nature Reserve
(Alan Wilson Memorial Reserve)

Quarry Banks meadow Cumbria wild life trustThis reserve is a small area of mature oak woodland with grassland replete with flowers. The other section is a flooded quarry where sandstone was removed for railway bridges and buildings.

At the north end of the reserve is oak woodland. In April and May the ground flora include wood anemone, bluebells, wood sorrel and violets.

Moorhen and chicks by Cornwall CamThere is a pond in the quarry and a small meadow beyond it. In the meadow are knapweed, greater burnet, betony, yellow rattle and devil's-bit scabious. Also on show are yellow iris, ragged robin, and marsh marigold.

The reserve is popular with birds and 60 species have been spotted. These include spotted flycatcher, great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, and moorhen.

Yellow Iris by Cornwall CamButterflies come in the summer and ringlet and large skipper are prevalent.

Open to members and non-members.
Head on road for Wetheral; when reach Cumwhinton village take minor road signed for Armathwaite and Cotehill; park after bus stop by electricity substation; onward is a footpath leading off the left and signed for Wetheral Shields; follow to railway, then right turn onto reserve.

Map Reference:
OS 1:50,000
Sheet No 86
NY 457 526

Photos courtesy of Cumbria wild life trust , Charles Winpenny

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