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Watchtree Nature Reserve

10 June at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Watchtree Nature Reserve is a 205 acre haven for wildlife and people. Featuring flower rich meadows, old and new woodland, miles of hedgerow and wetland habitats this a place for everyone.  Wildlife is perfectly at home here and we have abundant Brown Hares, the European protected Great crested Newt, numerous breeding birds, interesting moths, stunning butterflies, secretive bats and incredible dragonflies.  The nature reserve is situated within much of the former RAF Great Orton airfield (1942-53) and you can still spot airfield construction dates etched into the concrete by servicemen as you explore.  The Nature reserve is easily identifiable from miles away by the wind turbines located here.  More recently, this place was used during the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001 – and even today much of the  site underground is a complex network of drains, pumps and  containment walls.  So, if you thought this was any ordinary nature reserve you could be forgiven.

The Watchtree Wheelers provide cycle hire for all visitors to the Reserve and the huge collection of standard and adapted cycles means there is something for everybody.  You could cruise along in a KMX kart getting down to the same level as the hares and the stoats or hop on a trike so you can take in the landscape views over the tops of the bustling hedgerows.

On 10 June 2024 we will visit Watchtree Nature Reserve where members will have the opportunity to walk or cycle on the various pathways that run through this beautiful wildlife area.  

We will meet at Watchtree at 1pm.  Attendees are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy before, during or after their walk/ride or can buy refreshments at the on-site Café.

Cost will be £2 a head, payable in advance.

The Day Centre will be open for those members that do not wish to participate.

To read a report and view photos from the last occasion that we visited as branch (12 June 2023) please do to our post entitled Watchtree Nature Reserve – June 2023


10 June
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Watchtree Nature Reserve
Nr Wiggonby
Carlisle, CA5 6NL
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01228 712539
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