The Rodley Nature Reserve is a wetland reserve created in 1999 on the site of a former sewage works on the outskirts of Rodley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. It is situated just north of Town Street on the north bank of the River Aire.
In 1992 Yorkshire Water proposed that the site of a former sewage works be used as a nature reserve. Discussion with local wildlife groups followed and the idea was approved. After several years of planning and fund-raising, the reserve was created in 1999 and opened by Michael Meacher, Minister of State for the Environment, the following year. Between 2004 and 2006, five ponds were established to provide habitat for dragonflies, each one planted with different native species of plant. A further developmental stage from 2007 to 2009 added four more ponds, a long ditch, a marsh and several areas of open water.
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Michael Bennett | Mar 25, 2018
Lovely site. Riverside walks, birdwatching, pond dipping, cafe. This site improves with age due to volunteers hard work. Good couple of hours exploring for the family, especially the young ones. We'll worth a visit.
Andy Walker | Jan 28, 2018
Excellent saunter despite the 'mizzle', wildlife tucked into their homes all snug except a couple of swans, half a dozen corporate, the obligatory Coors & seagulls. Lovely walk with family followed by a swift cuppa & cake... Well done RBS volunteers.
Graham Evans | Nov 29, 2017
Came today Wednesday 29th November 2017.. Very cold crisp day.. Lived in Leeds for 59 years and never bothered to visit this "stunning little gem" wildlife was abundant... Perfect way to spend a few hours, purpose built hides were excellent.. Did not have time to go into visitors center, but on my next visit, will check it all out... 5 Star rating from me.. Taff
Ben Mupasi | Nov 12, 2017
This is a great place for a short walk. There is plenty of wildlife here. There is also the ponds which the kids and go pond dipping in. Nets are available for a small donation from the shop. The staff in the shop were very helpful and friendly.
Christian Rawson | Jan 19, 2018
Rodley nature reserve is an oasis of calm in Urban Leeds.Wether you are a seasoned Twitcher or out for a stroll with your children Rodley is a great place to learn about nature with plenty of Hides to sit in out of bad weather.whilst watching the wildlife.Kingfishers are spotted regularly as well as herons,egrets,owls and even peregrine.toilets on site along with a cafe and shop all ran by volunteers
Stephen Powell | Apr 24, 2018
Run by volunteers this is a lovely place for seeing a wide variety of birds. There are dipping pools so children can experience first hand all the delights of exploring our waters. It seems suitable for disabled people with ramps to the hides.
Linda Barrett | May 13, 2018
Wonderfully peaceful and soothing. Hides are well placed. Lots of paths to explore
Andrew David Kelshaw | May 5, 2018
A very interesting place plenty of hides for Bird watching. Child friendly with dipping pools for the young children.
Peter Cook | May 7, 2018
Ridley nature reserve a brilliant place for all the family, with loads to do and you can even get a tea or coffee from the visitors centre.
Scott Abernethy | May 30, 2018
What I like about this nature reserve is that it doesn't have that nervous energy that a lot of attractions in West Yorkshire tend to have because a lot of people don't try and control their kids in these sorts of places. This reserve seems to attract couples and families who are genuinely going for a peaceful stroll and enjoy the surroundings. The visitors centre is small and reasonably priced. It's a small and tidy reserve that has a lot of stuff to see and therefore makes it seem a lot bigger. Visitors are nice and all seem eager to share what they've spotted or found and there are some great activities for little ones hosted by the visitors centre such as pond dipping.
Mandy Chew | May 22, 2018
A great place to visit. I would recommend a visit here. There's little ponds for kids to fish for things with fishing nets
Michael De Greasley | Jun 21, 2018
What a crackin place to visit - on your own or with the family. I was well impressed with this well kept local secret. This was my first visit and simply couldn't believe such a place existed right on my doorstep. Very friendly and helpful staff (Volunteers).
Hazel Wriglesworth | Jul 1, 2018
Beautiful volunteer run reserve. Great well priced cafe selling a fantastic range of bird food and feeders too. A well deserved winner of the 2018 Countryfile magazine nature reserve of the year award. Well done.
Mrs D | Jun 29, 2018
Lovely peaceful place for a walk and an explore especially if you have kids and love nature. Beautiful birds and beasties and knowledgeable staff of amazing volunteers ti answer any questions (they make a mean cuppa too!)
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