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Filey Dams Nature Reserve
Filey, Yorkshire Coast

Details for Filey Dams Nature Reserve

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Filey Dams Nature Reserve is home to a fantastic number of species, with birds, insects and small mammals making their homes among the freshwater wetlands. The wonderful plants and flowers attract dragonflies rare butterflies to breed here. 

Filey Dams Nature Reserve is the last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the region.

About the reserve: The reserve covers about 6 hectares. Birdwatchers are well catered for with two viewing hides, but the reserve is also of botanical interest and is home to a number of mammal, insect and amphibian species, including an internationally important population of great crested newts. The general nature of the land and regular winter flooding ensure that a comprehensive wetland flora is present. The dominant species is soft rush, with water plantain, water-crowfoot, celery-leaved buttercup, nodding bur-marigold and adder's-tongue fern all to be found.

Springtime is a period of rejuvenation for the fauna of the site, as the first mass of frogspawn appears on the marsh, and little grebe and moorhen compete for the best nest sites. Most visitors come to see birds. The insect-rich habitat and proximity to the coastal flyway have produced a variety of interesting species with over 220 recorded since 1985. Garganey are annual visitors and may have bred. Teal and tufted duck have already bred as have grasshopper and sedge warblers, reed bunting and lesser whitethroat. The colony of tree sparrows at the car park is especially prized. During the drier days of high summer the water level drops coinciding with wader migration. Bird life can be particularly impressive during these passage periods. Twenty species of...


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