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Hay meadows, wet grassland, scrub, hedges, ponds and the beck provide homes for a wealth of wildlife. Although small in size, the reserve has a remarkable number of birds.
Created to provide flood relief for Penrith, Thacka Beck Nature Reserve supports an impressive diversity of habitats. A wealth of wildlife makes its home in the hay meadows, wet grassland, scrub, hedges, ponds and the beck and despite the nature reserve’s small size, a remarkable number of bird species has been recorded. The nature reserve has something to offer all year; follow the circular route around the flood storage basin to see what you can discover.
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The nature reserve is within easy walking distance from Penrith town centre, train station or bus station. Take the footpath that leads through the underpass on the corner of Lark Lane and Mallard Close, or enter directly from Thacka Lane, immediately after going under the railway bridge. The nature reserve can also be accessed from Cowper Road or Bowerbank Way in the Gilwilly Industrial Estate.
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