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Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Snakeholme Patures

Address
Wansford Bridge, Driffield, Y025 8NX
Address
Wansford
Contact
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Telephone
Tel: 01904 659570
Target Audience
Location
Driffield
This grassland site consists of two fields adjacent to the West Beck chalk stream SSSI on the edge of Wansford village near Driffield. The stream forms part of the River Hull Headwaters chalk stream system, the most northerly chalk streams in the UK.This grassland site consists of two fields adjacent to the West Beck chalk stream SSSI on the edge of Wansford village near Driffield. The stream forms part of the River Hull Headwaters chalk stream system, the most northerly chalk streams in the UK.   Whilst the grassland is not species rich or highly interesting in terms of flowers, the chalk stream and nearby Wanlass Drain offer an amazing wildlife experience. Brown trout, grayling, brook and river lamprey swim in crystal clear water and in late spring beds of water crowfoot grow over the stream surface with masses of white flowers amongst the feathery green foliage. Sit quietly and you may see a kingfisher whizz past or a water vole munching on a reed stem on the river bank. For those visiting in early morning or out for an evening stroll on the public footpath that runs through the site an encounter with a barn owl is quite possible as it hunts the grassland looking for mice or voles.   This grassland site consists of two fields adjacent to the West Beck chalk stream SSSI on the edge of Wansford village near Driffield. The stream forms part of the River Hull Headwaters chalk stream system, the most northerly chalk streams in the UK.   Whilst the grassland is not species rich or highly interesting in terms of flowers, the chalk stream and nearby Wanlass Drain offer an amazing wildlife experience. Brown trout, grayling, brook and river lamprey swim in crystal clear water and in late spring beds of water crowfoot grow over the stream surface with masses of white flowers amongst the feathery green foliage. Sit quietly and you may see a kingfisher whizz past or a water vole munching on a reed stem on the river bank. For those visiting in early morning or out for an evening stroll on the public footpath that runs through the site an encounter with a barn owl is quite possible as it hunts the grassland looking for mice or voles.