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“Barlow Common Nature Reserve”

Barlow Common Nature Reserve
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Selby
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Selby, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Barlow Common Nature Reserve”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Not too far from the centre of Selby (about 15-20 minute drive). Great place for walking and getting away from the noise of the town. Keep a look our for the brown sign just before you need to turn off the main road. Great area for wild life. Large lake with day fishing passes available (not a fisherman so cannot comment further here). Plenty of space for the kids to just run about and get into nature.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Selby, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Barlow Common Nature Reserve”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I was involved in the initial setting up of Barlow Common as a Nature Reserve in the mid Eighties. Selby District Council along with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust turned this former British Rail Tip into a site for local fauna and flora. During the Eighties and Nineties and into the new millennium I recorded over 130 bird species. The area up until a year ago was managed by Rachel and Lorraine, Countryside Rangers who worked for Selby District Council.
The site is now no longer managed by wholetime staff due to local cutbacks.
The whole area still has several nature trails. It is still possible to see birds such as Dabchick, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Great Crested Grebe. Also Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, various species of Tits, Thrush, Sparrrowhawk and Kestrel. Flower highlights include Bee Orchid, Great Mullien, Yellow Toadflax and Vipers Bugloss.
The walks are pleasant and their are areas to picnic near the Nature Centre, which has toilets but is seldom open. Plenty of car parking spaces at the main entrance. There of course is a fishing lake on the walk from the car park.
On a personal view, the site is locally important for fauna and flora and has given me a lot of enjoyment especially during the eighties. What its future holds is unclear as the area needs constant management to keep it as a vibrant ever changing Nature Reserve.

Visited July 2013
Thank Derek C
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York, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“okay for a couple of hours walk”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Nothing special here - there is a long walk to get anywhere and when you do get to what I guess is the main area - all there is area a couple of picnic tables, info boards and a toilet bloack - which is ALWAYS shut.
You feel guilty it you go anywhere near the lake as there are always people fishing and they do not make you feel welcome.
Some good habitat restoration going on but only worth a visit if you cannot think of anything else to do.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Simeon P
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North Yorkshire
Level 6 Contributor
262 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Nice afternoon's walk”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

It's out of the way with good parking facilities. There's some nice walks with a fishing lake and a further couple of tucked away lakes.

A good gentle circular walk on mainly hard standing, picnic tables, and plenty of space for children to play. There's a separate walk along what used to be a rail track which goes past a scout camp and comes to a halt where the bridge has been dismantled.

Apart from that there's not much else - and that's not a negative. It's a really nice and quiet afternoon's stroll, or family picnic type of thing but don't expect more.

Visited April 2013
Thank RegularTraveller60
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Selby, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Great place to go or a walk with my girls and puppy dog lovely secnery even fed the ducks very clean will be lovely for a picnic in summer

Visited April 2013
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