A new moth species for the reserve

A new butterfly for the reserve

Brockadale gets bigger

About the reserve

Brockadale is a Nature Reserve of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and lies between the villages of Wentbridge and the Smeatons just to the east of the A1, 10 miles north of Doncaster.

Its name derives from 'broken dale', aptly describing the craggy outcrops of limestone which dominate parts of the reserve. Many of the steep-sided slopes are covered in semi-natural woodland, or meadows which have been long unploughed.

Brockadale became a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve in 1966, but with several extensions is now about 2km long and covers much of the valley between Wentbridge and the Smeatons. Most of this beautiful reserve is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The reserve has one of only two sites in England where a minute snail called Truncatellina cylindrica can be found.

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One of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s 80 nature reserves.

    Where is it?

It can be reached from Little Smeaton, Kirk Smeaton and Wentbridge along public footpaths, but the reserve car park is down an unmarked lane (Leys Lane) off New Road, Little Smeaton, about 1 mile west of the village. See Map


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

1 St George’s Place

York YO24 1GN

Tel: 01904 659570

Fax: 01904 613467





Site updated:

April 2014


Highlights of spring

More primroses than ever before, more bluebells than ever before - are these the result of last year’s good summer and then the mild winter? Possibly, but also because when trees are felled in the woods, it lets light to the forest floor and so the ground plants can flourish. This is important, and it means we will continue with our policy of opening up some areas of the woodland to create wider rides, glades and just more variety in what has been an unmanaged woodland for over half a century.

In the meadows, there are masses of cowslips, and, because of the mild winter and early spring warmth, plenty of butterflies. Peacocks, small tortoiseshells, brimstones and orange tips are all out in good numbers already. Look out for the first generations of holly and common blues as well as brown argus in the coming weeks.