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 IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

The species richness of bryophytes in Littoral zone of inland surface water bodies

Stocks Reservoir is situated at the head of the Hodder valley in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. It was created in 1932 by the Fylde Water Board by flooding the Dalehead valley and the surrounding farmland, including the hamlet of Stocks-in-Bowland from which the reservoir derives its name.

When full the reservoir covers an area of about 192 hectares, the equivalent of about 500 football pitches

Plants you could see

At the reservoir, shoreline mud is exposed when water is drawn down providing opportunities for scarce species of mosses and liverworts to become established when conditions are right for them. Species include Weissia rostellata, Physcomitrium sphaericum and Riccia huebeneriana. Surrounding habitats, which range from deciduous and conifer woodlands to heather moorland, meadows and wet flushes, streams and limestone outcrops, hold a wide and diverse range of flora.