Collyer's Brook Nature Reserve
Large ancient fish ponds on the course of Collyer's Brook with a fringe of wet woodland and colourful bankside vegetation.
Fed from the chalk spring at Springhead, 200m to east of the reserve, Collyer's Brook runs into two large "stew ponds" created in the Middle Ages for the breeding of rainbow and brown trout. These now make a great place to spot a range of wetland birds and dragonflies; with common, soprano and Daubenton's bats visiting at night to feed over the water. Otters have also been known to take advantage of the easy fishing provided by the ponds.
Leave the A350 at Fontmell Magna opposite The Fontmell pub heading towards Ashmore. The reserve is approxiately 1/4 mile along the road on the right. Small car park in the adjoining picnic site. By foot access from the public footpath leading from the three sections of nearby Fontmell Down and from paths around Fontmell Magna.
Access and safety
Views over the western part of the reserve from the picnic site or walk up the road a short way to access the bench from which you can view the upper parts of the ponds. Please note - it is not advisable to venture onto or around the ponds. For more information on visiting our reserves and other general countyside hazards please see our visitor information page.
Species and habitats
Pond, wet woodland, banksides.
Kingfisher, litte egret, brown trout, stickleback, emperor dragonfly, meadowsweet, water mint, yellow flag iris.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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