This site is easy to drive right by, but then you would be missing out on a quiet haven.
Ledston Luck pit was sunk in the 1870s and eventually closed 1986.
At its closure, the miners that worked there either took early retirement or moved on to other mines within the North Yorkshire Coalfield including the new 'Super-pit' (interlinked mine workings around Selby) that was known as Selby Coalfield.
Now the site supports a range of wildlife habitats, some of which have developed naturally, though most, including the woodlands, ponds and some areas of meadow were created in the early 1990s as part of a landscape improvement scheme.
During the summer, the grassland on the ‘stack’ bursts into life with a variety of wildflowers. It is particularly noteworthy for the orchid population it holds; in summer 2013 some 4000+ common spotted-orchids, southern marsh orchids and hybrids between the two, as well as numerous bee orchids, were recorded. The pond on Ledston Luck also holds a variety of pond life including emerald damselfly, emperor dragonfly, large red damselfly and four spotted chasers while the woodland and scrub are home to breeding birds such as grasshopper warbler and yellowhammer while fieldfare and redwing can be spotted in the autumn.
Hidden away behind the village of Ledston Luck, this green space is a bit of a gem and a must see to appreciate its stunning population of orchids in the summer and wide variety of birds.
Ledston Luck is part of a corridor of green spaces in the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds which is owned by Leeds City Council and managed in partnership with the Trust.
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