Back to reserve map

Snakeholm Pastures

This grassland site consists of two fields adjacent to the West Beck chalk stream SSSI on the edge of Wansford village near Driffield. The stream forms part of the River Hull Headwaters chalk stream system, the most northerly chalk streams in the UK.

This grassland site consists of two fields adjacent to the West Beck chalk stream SSSI on the edge of Wansford village near Driffield. The stream forms part of the River Hull Headwaters chalk stream system, the most northerly chalk streams in the UK.

 

Whilst the grassland is not species rich or highly interesting in terms of flowers, the chalk stream and nearby Wanlass Drain offer an amazing wildlife experience. Brown trout, grayling, brook and river lamprey swim in crystal clear water and in late spring beds of water crowfoot grow over the stream surface with masses of white flowers amongst the feathery green foliage. Sit quietly and you may see a kingfisher whizz past or a water vole munching on a reed stem on the river bank. For those visiting in early morning or out for an evening stroll on the public footpath that runs through the site an encounter with a barn owl is quite possible as it hunts the grassland looking for mice or voles.

 

Nearby nature reserves

Skerne Wetlands Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Pulfin Bog Nature Reserve
8 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Keldmarsh Nature Reserve
11 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
Wansford Bridge, Wansford
Driffield
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO25 8NX
Great for...
getting away from it all
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open all year round
Size
3.70 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
River Hull Floodplain
Access
Yes

Parking
Layby on road
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tel: 01904 659570
info@ywt.org.uk