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Pope Lane Field was once a recreation field. Today the grass is left to grow to allow wildflowers to develop that provide food and shelter for insects, birds and mammals. This provides good hunting ground for birds of prey such as buzzards, and shelter in the summer for roe deer. Orchids have also been spotted growing amongst the grasses. The marshy grassland is damp and has many ruts and hollows which provide a home to different types of plants such as rushes and sedge. It also provides a habitat for great crested newts which breed in the ponds outside the Local Nature Reserve.
Turn off M6 at Junction 31 and take A59 for Preston. Turn right at the roundabout along Blackpool Road (A5085). At the first set of traffic lights turn right onto Miller Road, past two rows of shops where Miller Road becomes Pope Lane. Vehicles may be parked at the end of Pope Lane and access to the Local Nature Reserve is on foot over the motorway bridge.
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