Kelham Bridge

    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 222

    Description

    This reserve covers 8.1 ha and is owned by the Wildlife Trust. The land 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. Restoration of the site was completed in 2002. 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. Raptors are a speciality of Kelham Bridge and marsh, hen and montague's harrier, osprey, redfooted falcon, merlin, peregrine and buzzard have all been seen. The bird list for the reserve currently stands at over 100 species.