Day 12 and a day off for me. With the weather promising to be warm and sunny, I really wanted to get out and visit somewhere. We picked up Chickpea's boyfriend and headed to Brockholes, a nature reserve near Preston. It is on the site of an old quarry and has 250 acres of wetland and woodland. The river Ribble runs around the outskirts of the site.
There were hundreds of these blue damselflies around the reserve.
The visitor village floats on the lake and includes an information centre, cafe and shops.
The M6 motorway is just behind the trees but you hardly notice it as you move further into the reserve.
There are several trails of varying length and around different habitats: we chose to follow the meadow trail.
It wasn't long before we came across two areas which were obviously part of the educational activities. First was the Deep Dark Wood where the Gruffalo lives.
Next door was an area devoted to the Wind in the Willows.
Back out onto the meadow trail, it headed down towards the river.
The best part of going out during the week is that the playgrounds are child-free!
We had a great time at Brockholes and will definitely go back to explore more of the trails.
Apologies for the lack of commentary but it's late. I haven't had time to identify all of the bugs and flowers so will add the info tomorrow when I've had a chance to look them up. Any help appreciated!
For now though, I'm off to bed! x