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Ballachurry

A compact reserve with two ponds, a hide and marked paths, with a proliferation of wildflowers and invertebrates

Habitats: Woodland and ponds.

Notable species: sedge warblers, willow warblers. chiffchaff, dragonflies, damsonflies

Description: Originally a piece of arable farmland, the area was first established as a nature reserve in 2007 when work began to convert the land to encourage wildlife and provide an peaceful, accessible area for the public.

Over one thousand trees have been planted in the last ten years. Willow and alder have been placed in the wetter parts of the reserve, around the stream and ponds, while other species, such as oak, ash, rowan and birch, have been planted in the drier area to establish a small woodland.

Two ponds have been formed: A larger, deeper pond with a reed bed and a small dam that feeds into a shallower pond, overlooked by a hide, which attracts many bird species, dragonflies and damselflies.

As the trees and wildflowers mature, and the site becomes more established, an increasing range of bird and invertebrate species are being recorded.

Management:
The site’s owners, Stan and Pam Clucas, established this community nature reserve in 2007 with assistance from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) and the Manx Wildlife Trust. Regular maintenance has been carried out over the years by a team of dedicated volunteers, Trust staff and work parties from several of the Trust’s corporate members.

The Trust took over management of the reserve in June 2016.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Ponds, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Earystane
2 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Ballalough Reedbeds
3 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail
4 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Entrance off the A29 near to Rushen Church
near Port Erin
Map reference
SC210695
Great for...
Insect spotting
birdwatching
butterflies
getting away from it all
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.65 hectares
Access
Yes

Level grass pathways are maintained around the reserve. Contact the Trust for more information.
Parking
Parking is available on the main road (A29 near to Rushen Church)
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer
Tel: 01624 844432
tricia@manxwt.org.uk