This site is actually known as Firsby Reservoirs Local Nature Reserve and not Firsby Common! The site was closed temporarily by the owners - Rotherham Council - for remedial works when a leak was discovered in the dam which has obvious safety implications for areas downstream of Firsby Brook. The easiest and most cost-effective means of reducing pressure on the dam was to reduce the reservoir capacity by lowering the spillway level. The site will recover over time and new habitats will develop that will continue to attract a wide variety of wildlife. The small reservoir is indeed silting up; this is inevitable with a system of this type and it would be impossible to halt. Removal of the silt would be incredibly expensive and certainly not feasible in the current financial climate. Again, natural succession will occur and new habitats will be created which will develop, mature and change over time. The short, circular walk is still there and accessible but the look and feel of the site is 'different' and not necessarily worse. This will be a great opportunity to watch nature take its course and to see the wildlife of the site change and develop with its environment.
The only things spoiling the site are a slight lack of basic management and the mindless vandalism that such places inevitably attract from time to time. Be sure to wear stout, waterproof footwear and to take your camera and/or binoculars. The site is still very attractive with lots to see and, in time, will eventually warrant a 'four star' review once again!
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