Resting in the shallow valley in the heart of Oswaldtwistle, Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve is historically linked to local industry and provides a remarkable urban site for wildlife. The reserve has an unusually wide variety of habitats for such a small area.
The lodges were originally constructed for storing water for the dyeing and printing of fabrics. Having fallen into disuse and ruin, some major work was needed to convert the lodges into their present-day form. Vegetation has since colonised the lodges producing a mosaic of open water, reedmace, soft, hard and jointed rush and newly planted common reed.
The reserve is managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and further information can be found on the Trust’s website.