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Moorhen. Image copyright André Van-Looy

Lordship Lane Recreation Ground


Grade: Local | Area: 12.08 ha


Free public access (all/most of site)


The most valuable features for nature conservation in this large park are a short length of stream known as 'The Moselle', and a pond that supports common waterfowl. An area of woodland by the access path from Downhills Park Road is known as Lordship Wood. It was planted in the mid 1980s and has matured to provide valuable habitat for birds. A further small native woodland has been planted in the southeast corner which will provide good habitat for birds as it matures.Noel Park Healthy Walkers project uses this site – a Walking the Way to Health (WHI) scheme; see link for details.


The stream sometimes dries up in summer and is fringed with very large white willows, some of which have been pollarded. The pond has vertical concrete sites and holds little aquatic vegetation except duckweed and a little square-stalked willowherb at the edges. Mallards and moorhens breed on the wooded island. Adjacent damp grassland has a large population of marsh foxtail, which is scarce in the borough.




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