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Ballachrink

Two lakes, three open meadows and a mixed broadleaved wood, the reserve forms part of the 25 hectare Renscault and Balachrink Bird Sanctuary.

Part of the Renscault and Ballachrink Wild Bird Sanctuary (designated in 1978) the reserve was bequeathed to the Trust in 2011 by the late Mr and Mrs Norris.

Habitats: Open water lakes with broadleaved woodland and semi-improved meadows.

Notable species: Currently being catalogued but includes a number of specimen trees and rhododendron.

Description: The reserve forms part of a larger area of the Renscault and Balachrink Bird Sanctuary which covers approximately 25 hectares of the central valley floor in West Baldwin.  

The site contains two lakes which were created by the previous owners by damming up old side channels of the river.  These lakes, created to provide nesting habitat and flight ponds for winter migrating wildfowl, are surrounded by a mixed broadleaved wood that covers the valley terrace side and includes a number of planted non-native specimen trees and shrubs.

The site also includes three open meadows on the west side have been sheep grazed by a tenant to maintain a short sward suitable for geese

Management: At the time of acquisition parts of the site had not been managed for a number of years and it had fallen into disrepair.  

Work is currently underway to clear the access tracks and paths, before attending to the many fallen trees.  Cutting back of the overhanging canopy from the lake margins and opening up flight lines for wildfowl will follow.

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Location
Please note: This reserve is closed to the public
IM5 1AB
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Size
10.70 hectares
Access
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No access to this closed site
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer
Tel: 01624 844432
tricia@manxwt.org.uk