Jackhouse Reserve

Nature at Jackhouse Reservoir


Jackhouse Reserve is a fascinating haven for a variety of wildlife that has colonised its reservoir and surrounding habitats. Situated in the valley of Tinker Brook about a mile from Oswaldtwistle town centre, it is also much appreciated by local people enjoying a walk around the reservoir and into the woodland beyond.Jackhouse Reservoir

The reservoir was built in the 1860s to supply drinking water, but was phased out in the 1980s and re-developed as part of a nature reserve. Its steep sides were re-graded to create gentler slopes, and the depth of water was reduced. It is now a good example of a site that was established for a functional purpose becoming disused, and then acquiring value for nature conservation and recreation.

Jackhouse Reserve is a Biological Heritage Site, designated by Lancashire County Council for its mosses and liverworts. Management recommendations have been drawn up to maintain and enhance the current botanical interest of the site, and to conserve its range of habitats. Habitat management is currently focusing on the control of invasive species, and selective tree thinning to improve the health and structure of the woodland areas.

The reserve is home to Mallards, Moorhens, Goosanders, Grey Herons, Goldcrests, Treecreepers, Willow Warblers, Frogs, Palmate Newts and Roe Deer to name but a few.