Images: Oakhill in Snow by Brian Brady. Wildlife at Oakhill by Matthew Cox
Oakhill and the Brick Ponds are managed by the Countryside Access Team and Friends of Oakhill. Our goal is to balance recreational activities with conserving wildlife. The ponds and scrapes were restored a few years ago and form part of one of the best dragonfly sites in Yorkshire, with over 20 species recorded. The ponds, along with numerous ditches are also valuable for kingfishers, water voles and great crested newts.
Wetland areas are treasured and young willow saplings are removed so the ground stays damp. There are still plenty of mature willow trees for rare willow tits that excavate the old trunks to build their nests.
In the birch wood some trees are sensitively removed to make way for more species. New glades see flowers and butterflies thriving. The distinctive silver birch trunks shine out through the wood and new trees have space to grow.
Cafes and pubs in Goole (one and a half miles), at the Waterways Museum (1 mile), and M62 Junction 36 (1 mile).
Public toilets on Estcourt Street, Goole, DN15 5AS (one and a half miles).
Taking dogs in the nature reserve
Keep your dog under close control, out of all ponds and reed beds. Do not disturb wildlife or other visitors. Please clean up after your dog, and place the bagged waste in the entrance bin.