Alder Hills Nature Reserve


Alder Hills is an abandoned clay pit which has an interesting array of animal and plant species and is well worth a visit.


 

Alder Hills: the volcano crater

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Site Details: 
Name of Location Alder Hills Nature Reserve
Highlights
Facilities
  • Some parking nearby
  • No visitor facilities
OS Map Reference SZ063935
Aspect Detail
Area Conurbation Area
Manager Local Authorities
Geology Poole Basin
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Open Water The lake is very deep

Open lakes or reservoirs are often found on nature reserves and are, of course, a habitat that some species thrive on. Whilst not a real danger open ater can be ab attraction for youngsters and for dogs. Always keep dogs on a lead (as they should always be on a reserve anyway) and keep children under close supervision. 

Steep Slopes The slopes down to the lake are very steep in places

Escarpments and downland are often left unfarmed and so have a diversity of plant life and become designated as nature reserves to protect those species that are present. Steep slopes in such environments can be a struggle to climb and the risk of falling will always be present and special care is needed. 

Rough Ground The track around the lake is pretty hard going in places

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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