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Bolton Percy Station Nature Reserve

Nature has taken hold of this old station yard - bramble scrambles over the old platform, flower-filled grassland grows where once there were rail tracks and scrub growth provides sheltered scallops filled with fluttering butterflies and moths in the summer months.

**Works on the railway are currently underway which will affect parking on the nature reserve up until September. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.**

 

Once a railway goods platform and still lying next to the Leeds-York railway line, this nature reserve covers the old platform and bridge embankments.


Areas of the ground are cindery, while in other places you can see the remains of dumped rail-track ballast. The plant life here suggests a limestone influence, with primrose growing on the neighbouring railway banks.

Wildflowers in the grassland areas include bird’s-foot trefoil, dove’s-foot cranesbill and selfheal. There is also a small lower lying damp fen area. The edges of hawthorn scrub on the boundaries are scalloped, providing sheltered areas where you can get good views of butterflies and moths including common blue, two species of burnet moth and latticed heath.

 

The scrub is controlled in the grassland area and some of the areas in front of the station platform wall to benefit the butterflies. This year bat and bird boxes and habitat piles have been put up and created as part of the railway works.

 

Top Tip:

 

Enjoy a warm June day with a visit to view a range of butterflies. They can often be found sunning themselves on the old platform wall.

 

Hedge bottom plants such as garlic mustard and red campion, along with longer areas of tussocky grass provide homes for gatekeeper, wall and small heath. Peacock and red admiral butterflies can be seen basking on the south east facing wall of the old platform, and bramble is controlled creating sheltered sun traps. Four amphibian species have been recorded here including great crested newt.

 

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Directions

Bolton Percy lies about three miles from Tadcaster. From the west pass through Tadcaster and turn right at the lights at the hilltop. Follow this road to the railway bridge where cars can be parked in the bay.From the east, leave the A64 at Colton Lane End and continue straight on for about two miles. Cross both railway bridges and turn right. Near the windmill turn right and at the start of the village right again to the railway bridge. The main section of the reserve is entered through the gate at the bottom of the lane. Network rail still retains access to the site so the roadway and gateways must not be blocked.

 

Want to see more of Bolton Percy Station Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Bolton Percy Station Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group

 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Askham Bog Nature Reserve
5 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Sherburn Willows Nature Reserve
6 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Ledsham Bank Nature Reserve
8 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Bolton Percy
Tadcaster
North Yorkshire
YO23 7AW
Map reference
SE 527 416
Great for...
a family day out
butterflies
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.70 hectares
Access
Permissive footpaths. Do not climb fences to the railway lines. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Permissive footpaths. Please keep all dogs on leads. Do not climb fences to the railway lines.
Parking
Limited roadside parking available.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570
info@ywt.org.uk

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