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This is a large site located in fields to the north of Preston in the Brookfield area and forms part of a linear park. It attracts an interesting and diverse mosaic of habitats along an open tributary valley of Savick Brook. The stream running through the site adds interest and although, for much of its length, the banks are dominated by tall herb, some marginal plants are still present.
In the protection of the tall grass and dense vegetation small mammals such as field mice, bank voles, hedgehogs and shrews are likely to have homes.
Many species of butterfly are attracted by the meadow flowers and other ground flora, eg Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large Skipper and occasionally Orange Tip.
Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, Wren and Whitethroat abound in the grassland and woodland edge, whilst birds of prey such as sparrow hawks and kestrels patrol the area. During the migration period some species of Warbler may be spotted. Herons can occasionally be seen hunting for food at the waters edge.
Areas of greatest botanical species diversity are associated with marginal streamside vegetation and marshy depressions alongside the brook. The western section of the brook has areas of scrub and developing woodland dominated by Willow and Alder, with frequent mature Sycamore, Hawthorne and Oak.
To the east of Skipton Crescent small areas of semi mature and mature plantation are present along the brook. Canopy species include Oak, Beech, Wych Elm, Alder and Ash, A diverse ground flora of moisture loving plants is present, including species such as Ragged Robin, Pignut, Wood anemone, Lesser Celandine, Water Figwort, March Horsetail and Moschatel. The tree cover in this area is possibly a remnant of ancient woodland.
The main entrance to the east is off Fulwood Row, which is reached either by Eastway, then to the end of Watling Street Road or Longridge Road (B6243) then via Gamull Lane.
There are numerous informal and formal entrances to the southern area of land in Brookfield.
The larger eastern part of the site is owned by the Woodland Trust and is not within the Local Nature Reserve boundary.
Map of Hills and Hollows nature reserve
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