History - Background to conservation
Transformed an abandoned salt quarry - Preston
Lancashire Wildlife Trust purchased this and it was the biggest land purchase in their history
Helped £800,000 investment from NW Regional Development Agency- under Newlands Scheme
Managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Cost: £8.6 million
Opened Easter 2011
Situated on a floodplain near River Ribble
LNC Located near Preston
Play park- climbing forest, play hut and zip wire- attracts children
First floating visitor centre - £4 million
Conference areas, education classrooms - importance of ecosystem convervation & sustainability
Nature trails 108 hectares of wetlands nature reserve
Cafes, souvenir shop
attracts anglers, birdwatchers, school visits, family days and weddings
Try and source local produce in shops- reduce food miles
Water use- use rainwater flush toilets- low volume taps & showers
Biomass boiler provides heat from local firewood
Eco-firendly building maintains heat - natural ventilation
Lights that go dim when no one's around
Monitor CO2 permananet mobile systems go 2 acquisition centre
Recycle glass, plastic and paper
Compost food waste
Woodland- fringed by ancient woodland Bolton- grown over 1000s yrs rich variety wildlife,
looking after trees and paths helps woodlands to thrive and enables safe visits.
Reedbeds- home 2 sedge warblers, reed bunting & water rail.
Protects new reeds from grazing birds by chicken wire fences.
Pool Nook- Planted reeds on the edge of the pool
small fish & dragon fly larvae hide and grow away from predator fish
Meadow lake- Shallow lake gr8 4 bird watching- keep vegetation short so birds can watch out for
predators- holds some of the largest population of birds on site.
25 awards since 2011 opening
Aim: attract tourism successful-
< 250,000 visitors since April 2011 opening.
Green Tourism Gold Award
RIBA Building of the year 2011
National Wood Award
Some people think car park fee expensive £6- 3hrs don't charge admission fees- helps funding
They rated Brockholes one star on tourist website
Maybe charge an admission fee for all visitors so parking is free?
The nature reserve has to close- if get red flood warning by environment agency or other warning... bird flu outbreak.
Conflict of interest?
As they grow could economic benefits > importance environmental benefits?