Barnell Reservoir (closed)

Flowers in grassland

Emma Bradshaw

Barnell Reservoir (closed)

This closed reserve features broadleaved woodland and ferns surrounding a redundant reservoir. An area rich in birds, bats and invertebrates.


Patrick Road
A static map of Barnell Reservoir (closed)

Know before you go

2 hectares


No access to this closed site


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Closed to the public

Best time to visit


About the reserve

Barnell reservoir was constructed in the 1880's as a water supply for Peel and used until the late 1940's. Most of the reservoir is surrounded by woodland where luxuriant ferns thrive in the damp conditions and primroses and bluebells are a feature in the spring.  A small area of the dam wall is a wildflower-rich grassland.

Management: Nature can take its course in the woodland whilst the vegetation on the reservoir dam embankment is cut annually to encourage a range of grassland and wetland plants and prevent scrub taking over.

Contact us

Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer
Contact number: 01624 844432
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