Stocks Reservoir IPA
Location: Forest of Bowland just north of the village of Slaidburn, north of Clitheroe, Lancashire.
Grid Reference: SD 725 555
Stocks Reservoir was created in 1932 by flooding the Dalehead valley and surrounding farmland.It takes its name from the flooded hamlet of Stocks-in-Bowland.The reservoir supplies water to the Flyde area and is located in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.When full, the water surface covers 192 hectares or the area of 500 football pitches.
Rare mosses and liverworts can be found growing at the edges of the reservoir. As the water leveldrops, mud is exposed and conditions are created where these plants can establish. Surrounding the reservoir are a range of habitats – deciduous and conifer woodlands, heather moorland, meadows, streams and limestone outcrops – which support a wide range of flora. An eight mile circular walk around the shore offers the chance to see a wide range of wild fowl.