Letchmire Pastures Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationNone, please do not block entrance to reserve.
Marked walking trail around the site.
Network of paths around the site, however not suitable for wheelchair users. Paths are often muddy.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitJune to September
Letchmire Pastures is a low-lying post-industrial site, now a mosaic of wetland, bare earth, young woodland, grassland and meadow habitats.
The majority of Letchmire Pastures has been landscaped to provide a range of water features, bare colliery spoil, wet grassland, acidic and neutral grasslands, scrub, and hedgerows. The landscaping involved translocation of soils and vegetation and flood alleviation works, as the site is subject to periodic flooding.
During the spring and summer the ponds are home to damselflies and dragonflies, including brown and common hawkers, darters, skimmers and chasers. The damp grassland and pond margins contain a variety of invertebrates that attract birds such as lapwings, common snipes and ringed plovers. The dark, bare earth warms up in the summer, creating special conditions for unusual plants and burrowing insects such as beetles, wasps and bees. Letchmire Pastures forms part of the green corridor in the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds which is owned by Leeds City Council and managed in partnership with the Trust.
- Spring: Invertebrates - Broad-bodied chaser; Birds - Lapwing
- Summer: Plants - Bee orchid; Grass vetchling; Stork's-bill; Wood small-reed
- Autumn: Birds - Reed bunting
- Winter: Birds - Snipe
Regular buses run from Leeds city centre to Allerton Bywater. Alight on Station Road.
Take the A656 north out of Castleford and turn left into Allerton Bywater on Station Road. Letchmire Pastures is along this road on the left. Parking is on the roadside only.