Access: A351

Grid ref: SY 94351 83189

Ownership: ARC

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead.

The Reserve

The reserve consists of 22 hectares of a range of habitats including dry heath wet heath and acid bog. The combination of these habitats result in a  reserve diverse in wildlife. Dry sandy heath dominates the north of the reserve, which is home to sand lizards and the rare hornet robber- fly. Grading down from the dry heath the site becomes a mix of wet heath and acid bog with a mire which runs through the centre of the reserve which is home to many dragonfly species including the southern damselfly. Across the mire the site becomes a mix of heath and deciduous woodland within which a large pond is located providing habitat for great crested newts.

A Little History

Norden was used for the extraction of ball clay from around the mid 1800’s. Clay from the area was exported by rail to the nearby coastal area of Arne to where it would be transported for use around the world.

Species you might spot :


Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)  

Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) 

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) 

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) 

Adder (Vipera berus) 


Common Toad (Bufo bufo

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus

Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus

Common Frog (Rana temporaria


Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)

Hobby (Falco subbutteo)


Southern Hawker (Aeshna cynea)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)

Southern damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale)


This is by no means a comprehensive list of species on the reserve.