A boardwalk runs through the willow scrub, there's an abundance of mosses and lichens and a bird hide too

Habitats: Moaney (willow scrub), broadleaved trees and shrubs, gorse scrub, ruderal vegetation and neutral grassland.

Description: The reserve has a great diversity of plants such as ground ivy, bluebells, marsh marigold, marsh woundwort, marsh thistle. Rushes and heath spotted orchid can also be found. Willows, predominately grey willow, have colonised the wetter low-lying part of the site and many branches are festooned with mosses and lichens.

Blue and great tit, robin, blackbird, wren and pheasant are often present and hen harriers, raven and chough also frequent the area. Willow warbler and chiffchaff can be heard more easily than seen when they arrive in the spring. In autumn and winter, redwing and fieldfare, may be seen flying overhead and feeding in adjacent fields.

One area of open grassland is managed as a wildflower meadow and contains an abundance of knapweed, birdsfoot trefoil and clovers which attract a host of butterflies in late summer. The tip surface is colonised by grassland and ruderal vegetation such as nettles and rosebay willowherb with encroaching scrub, particularly bramble and gorse. Much of this has been planted with trees and shrubs.

Wetland areas are named Moaney (peaty in Manx gaelic) in the south but would be called Curragh in the north. Originally part of Ballachrink (hill farm in Manx gaelic), the site was sold to Arbory Parish Commissioners and half of it used as a tip until the 1970s.

Management: The grassland area is cut in late summer/early autumn with the vegetation removed.

The planted trees and shrubs require maintenance until they can survive unassisted. The curragh is left to develop naturally although non-native species, particularly Japanese knotweed is controlled.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Ballachurry
2 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Ballalough Reedbeds
3 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Dalby Mountain Moorland
3 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
Earystane
Colby
Isle of Man
Map reference
SC 235 715
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.65 hectares
Access
Yes

A path to the bird hide is suitable for wheelchairs. Contact the Trust for more information.
Parking
Park considerately on the wide section of the A27, avoiding the Earystane Road and field gateways.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer
Tel: 01624 844432
tricia@manxwt.org.uk