28 June, 2018, 7:30 pm
A Year in the Life of Rodley Nature Reserve – Winner of Best Nature Reserve, BBC Countryfile Magazine
Peter and Barbara Murphy
University House, University of Leeds
When Yorkshire Water plc decomissioned the Rodley Water Treatment Works in 1993 it was with their wish that the land should be developed as a nature reserve. As a result, Rodley Nature Reserve was established by the impressive feat of digging all the wetlands from scratch out of rough grassland close to the River Aire. Situated just four miles from the centre of Leeds, Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area and, due to its location in the Aire Valley, is an important flyway for migrating birds.
Rodley Nature Reserve was supported by LPLS grants and we are delighted that it won the title of ‘Nature Reserve of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. The awards are a celebration of the British countryside and its people, from mighty landmarks and national parks to the best nature reserves and finest rural pubs.