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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The reserve, which covers 8.1 ha, is owned by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and is a Wildlife Site. There are two hides along the footpath. The paths are mainly uneven and grassy with some muddy areas, with inclines and declines in places. There is the option of making this a circular walk by walking through the Forestry Commission's site which involves a 21.9% section of slope. The reserve was once an area used for the disposal of sewage waste, has also been affected by land drainage, mining subsidence and river straightening in the past. The restoration of the site was completed in 2002. As part of the development of the site the highly modified channel of the River Sence has been diverted in places to form meanders and elsewhere small areas for flooding have been created along the river margins to extend the floodplain habitats. The reedbeds provide habitats for invertebrates, birds, small mammals and amphibians. The pools attract water birds and wading birds. Whitethroat, reed and sedge warbler are all present in good numbers and grasshopper warblers sing in most years. Grey partridge, little ringed plover, snipe, little owl and kingfisher can often be seen, while 16 species of dragonfly and 19 species of butterfly have been recorded, as have harvest mouse, water shrew and otter. See website for more information about the reserve and location details - http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/kelham-bridge/

Surveyed by: Nathalie Cossa, April 2016 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 2.1 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Grassy area where you can pull in infront of the entrance gate. There is space for 3 cars.
Steps: There are a few individual steps in places.
Barriers: Narrow entrance, muddy paths in places, some gradients up to.....
Toilets: No

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There is parking for approximately 3 cars on a grass/gravel verge on the A447, from Ibstock travel north for about 1 km on the Ravenstone Road and the reserve is on the right behind a former sewage treatment works.

CarPark There is parking for approximately 3 cars on a grass/gravel verge on the A447, from Ibstock travel north for about 1 km on the Ravenstone Road and the reserve is on the right behind a former sewage treatment works.

 

Gate

There is a stile to the right of the entrance gate

Step There is a stile to the right of the entrance gate

Or you can squeeze around the gate post on the left, there is a small step down.  Width of gap is 60cm.  Beware of the cattle grid.

Step Or you can squeeze around the gate post on the left, there is a small step down. Width of gap is 60cm. Beware of the cattle grid.

12.1 degrees/ 17%

Gradient 12.1 degrees/ 17%

Concrete path for 50m.

Path Concrete path for 50m.

Incline of 3.6 degrees/ 5.8%

Gradient Incline of 3.6 degrees/ 5.8%

Turn right.  The path straight ahead is the return path.  The information board is on the right hand side about 5 metres further along the path.

Path Turn right. The path straight ahead is the return path. The information board is on the right hand side about 5 metres further along the path.

Information board - The reserve was once an area used for the disposal of sewage waste and it has also been affected by land drainage, mining subsidence and river straightening in the past. The restoration of the site, completed in 2002, has been achieved through a partnership between the Environment Agency, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the National Forest Company and Severn Trent Water.

As part of the development of the site the highly modified channel of the River Sence has been diverted in places to form meanders and elsewhere small areas for flooding have been created along the river margins to extend the floodplain habitats. The reedbeds provide habitats for invertebrates, birds, small mammals and amphibians. The pools attract water birds and wading birds.

Information Information board - The reserve was once an area used for the disposal of sewage waste and it has also been affected by land drainage, mining subsidence and river straightening in the past. The restoration of the site, completed in 2002, has been achieved through a partnership between the Environment Agency, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the National Forest Company and Severn Trent Water. As part of the development of the site the highly modified channel of the River Sence has been diverted in places to form meanders and elsewhere small areas for flooding have been created along the river margins to extend the floodplain habitats. The reedbeds provide habitats for invertebrates, birds, small mammals and amphibians. The pools attract water birds and wading birds.

Follow the path with a fence to your left hand side.  Uneven gentle incline.

Path Follow the path with a fence to your left hand side. Uneven gentle incline.

Muddy in places, especially after heavy or continual rain.
Some ruts along the side of the path.

Surface Muddy in places, especially after heavy or continual rain. Some ruts along the side of the path.

A gap in the hedge leads to a triangular viewing area that looks out over the reedbed.  Decline of 11.5 degrees/ 24.9% to fence.  From here you can see and hear sedge and reed warblers, whitethroats and reed buntings.

View A gap in the hedge leads to a triangular viewing area that looks out over the reedbed. Decline of 11.5 degrees/ 24.9% to fence. From here you can see and hear sedge and reed warblers, whitethroats and reed buntings.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Path

Look for the board walk at the end of the hedge where path bears to the left.  Mind the 7cm step onto boardwalk, it can be overgrown around it.  It is 60cm wide with gaps of 2cm between planks.  Chicken wire covers the boardwalk.
Decline of 4.5 degrees/ 7.7%.  The board walk has several changes bearing left.  There are no handrails.
This path leads to a bird hide which is 53m away.

Surface Look for the board walk at the end of the hedge where path bears to the left. Mind the 7cm step onto boardwalk, it can be overgrown around it. It is 60cm wide with gaps of 2cm between planks. Chicken wire covers the boardwalk. Decline of 4.5 degrees/ 7.7%. The board walk has several changes bearing left. There are no handrails. This path leads to a bird hide which is 53m away.

Boardwalk changes to grass path and then gravel path.  The gravel path has a 14cm step.

Surface Boardwalk changes to grass path and then gravel path. The gravel path has a 14cm step.

Hide doorway is 93cm wide.

Seat Hide doorway is 93cm wide.

View from one of the bird hide windows.  There are wooden shutters that need to be lifted up and attached to stay open.  Please close shutters when leaving.  From the window on the right hand side are some bird feeders.  Great tits, blue tits, robins, dunnocks, great spotted woodpecker, willow tits, and chaffinches are regularly seen.  If you look to your left, there is a wall with holes in.  This is the sand martin wall which provides a nesting area for them between June and August.  The sand martins can be seen catching insects above the water.

View View from one of the bird hide windows. There are wooden shutters that need to be lifted up and attached to stay open. Please close shutters when leaving. From the window on the right hand side are some bird feeders. Great tits, blue tits, robins, dunnocks, great spotted woodpecker, willow tits, and chaffinches are regularly seen. If you look to your left, there is a wall with holes in. This is the sand martin wall which provides a nesting area for them between June and August. The sand martins can be seen catching insects above the water.

Seating in bird hide.  Bench seating is 67-68cm high and 20cm wide.  The viewing windows  are 126cm high.  The floor consists of wooden planks.

Seat Seating in bird hide. Bench seating is 67-68cm high and 20cm wide. The viewing windows are 126cm high. The floor consists of wooden planks.

take the boardwalk back to main path, remember the step at the end.  Turn right.

Surface take the boardwalk back to main path, remember the step at the end. Turn right.

Two gravel drainage channels which aren't visible in the summer.

Obstacle Two gravel drainage channels which aren't visible in the summer.

Boggy patch when wet.

Path Boggy patch when wet.

Uneven path, gentle incline and declines.  There is a fence and hedge on the left hand side.

Path Uneven path, gentle incline and declines. There is a fence and hedge on the left hand side.

Side camber, from left to right 7.3 degrees/ 12.6%

Gradient Side camber, from left to right 7.3 degrees/ 12.6%

After 200m you can choose to turn right to a hide 30m away.  Gentle decline.

Path After 200m you can choose to turn right to a hide 30m away. Gentle decline.

Doorway is 72cm wide.  There is a wire mesh door that opens outwards towards the right.

Seat Doorway is 72cm wide. There is a wire mesh door that opens outwards towards the right.

Bench seats are 67cm high.  Window is 130cm high.  There are wooden shutters that need lifting and attaching with bolts on left or right side.  Please close on leaving.

Seat Bench seats are 67cm high. Window is 130cm high. There are wooden shutters that need lifting and attaching with bolts on left or right side. Please close on leaving.

From one of the bird hide windows.  The left windows overlook an expanse of water with a small island in the middle.  Geese and coots often nest on the island.  There is reedbed behind the island.  Sections are cut every year in the winter to prevent the dead material from getting too high which would lead to the reedbed drying out and trees invading.

View From one of the bird hide windows. The left windows overlook an expanse of water with a small island in the middle. Geese and coots often nest on the island. There is reedbed behind the island. Sections are cut every year in the winter to prevent the dead material from getting too high which would lead to the reedbed drying out and trees invading.

Gentle incline back to path.  If you turn right you can continue the circular walk which includes steeper inclines, or you can turn left and go back the way you came.

Path Gentle incline back to path. If you turn right you can continue the circular walk which includes steeper inclines, or you can turn left and go back the way you came.

 

Path

The fence and hedge are sporadic in places.

Path The fence and hedge are sporadic in places.

Path

Path

 

Path

Incline of 12.3 degrees/21.9%

Gradient Incline of 12.3 degrees/21.9%

 

Information

Squeeze through stile 54cm wide at the top, 19cm wide at the bottom with a step 19cm high.  After stile, do not bear right as there is a ditch. Go forward 18m then turn left through wide gateless opening.

Obstacle Squeeze through stile 54cm wide at the top, 19cm wide at the bottom with a step 19cm high. After stile, do not bear right as there is a ditch. Go forward 18m then turn left through wide gateless opening.

Incline of 2.3 degrees/4.0%
You are now visiting the Forestry Commission's Kelham Bridge site.

Gradient Incline of 2.3 degrees/4.0% You are now visiting the Forestry Commission's Kelham Bridge site.

Incline of 6.5 degrees/10.9%

Path Incline of 6.5 degrees/10.9%

Fairly level to gentle decline.

Path Fairly level to gentle decline.

View across to nature reserve.  Look for owl box in a tree to the left of the path.  It is in an old willow tree.  Barn holes have nested in this box.  They feed on small mammals such as short tailed voles which like the grassy areas.

View View across to nature reserve. Look for owl box in a tree to the left of the path. It is in an old willow tree. Barn holes have nested in this box. They feed on small mammals such as short tailed voles which like the grassy areas.

Bench is 46m uphill through long grass, incline of 7.4 degrees/12.6%  optional to the right, near the owl box.

Seat Bench is 46m uphill through long grass, incline of 7.4 degrees/12.6% optional to the right, near the owl box.

View from bench.  Head back down to path and turn right.

Seat View from bench. Head back down to path and turn right.

Incline of 5.9 degrees/ 10.4%.  Beware of vehicle ruts along this path.

Gradient Incline of 5.9 degrees/ 10.4%. Beware of vehicle ruts along this path.

Can be muddy.  Continue in a straight line to field gate.

Obstacle Can be muddy. Continue in a straight line to field gate.

 

Path

Path

Path

Gap of 86cm on the left side of field gate.

Width Gap of 86cm on the left side of field gate.

Decline of 4.2 degrees/7.3%

Path Decline of 4.2 degrees/7.3%

Decline

Gradient Decline

Decline

Gradient Decline

Back to the entrance.  Beware of the cattle grid just after the gate.

Path Back to the entrance. Beware of the cattle grid just after the gate.

 

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