Ownership: ARC

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

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

Access: Furzebrook Road

Grid ref: SY 93127 83088

The Reserve

Green Pool is 4.5 hectares of mixed of habitats, mainly deciduous woodland with open areas of dry heath. The main feature of the reserve is the large steep sided old clay pit which has a well established pond at its base. The pond with the surrounding woodland habitat make this an excellent area for great crested newts which are found in good numbers on the reserve. The steep heathy sides to the pit and the dry heath plateau above the pond are home to sand lizards and grass snakes. All six native species of reptile can be found on the reserve along with all three species of newt, and frogs and toads are abundant.

A Little History

Green Pool would have been created for clay extraction around the same time as its near by neighbour Blue Pool around 1840. Management of the reserve was taken over from the British Herpetological Society in 2008.

Species you might spot:


Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)  

Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix

Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca

Adder (Vipera berus


Common Toad (Bufo bufo

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus

Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) s

Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus

Common Frog (Rana temporaria


Silver Studded Blue (Plebejus argus)

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Grayling (Hipparchia semele)


Southern Hawker (Aeshna cynea)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)

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