Rodley Nature Reserve

Upstream of Newlay Bridge, a meander in the River Aire folds around Yorkshire Water’s Rodley Waste Water Plant and the loop of floodplain supports the 30 hectare  Rodley  Nature  Reserve. The  original  four  wetland areas, providing valuable roosting and nesting sites, have been augmented to fourteen different habitats. These support mammals, birds, butterflies and moths, dragon and damselflies, other insects and many plant species.

Open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, year round from 10am to 4pm the Reserve welcomes human visitors as well. Toilets and a cafe are provided and an information centre highlights the natural history, the Friends Group and the education programme. Many disabled volunteers work here alongside their support workers and able bodied helpers.

Access to the Reserve is from Mossbridge Road or along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal. Parking is free too.

Rodley Nature Reserve with the former Clariant Dye works in the background as viewed from Rodley Lane

Area of accessible ponds with seating and interpretation for the public within the nature reserve

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