New Lookout on bird life at Brockholes nature reserve

Fund manager Andy Rowett at The Lookout, Brockholes
Fund manager Andy Rowett at The Lookout, Brockholes
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Visitors will be able to look out at some of Lancashire’s wonderful wildlife with the opening of a state-of-the-art bird hide.

The Lookout at Brockholes is a classroom-sized building with huge windows overlooking the main lake at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve. It was built as an all-weather hide catering for nature lovers of all ages.

Shutters rise giving expansive views of regular visiting wildlife and less common birds, mammals and insects.

Reserve officer Duncan Goulder said: “The low lying islands that you can see through the windows are perfect for wading birds. Several species that have undergone huge declines nationally have found a home here. Lapwing, redshank, ringed plover, little ringed plover, oystercatcher and common sandpiper all breed here. Today we can see gadwall and tufted duck and a sparrowhawk just flew over.

“The Lookout is sheltered from the elements and this makes it a fantastic space for people who would not normally visit a nature reserve, as well as our regular visitors.”

Education was a key element in getting funding from the Lancashire Environment Fund.

Education Manager Tim Burrows said: “We have had brilliant responses from all the children from year one to year six. The Lookout takes children away from the main Visitor Village and gives them their own space.”