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:

Aug 2014


Highlights of summer

The warm and wet weather of the year so far has been pretty good for growth, and the masses of flowers reflect this. Some of our rarer species have done pretty well, and Purple Milk-vetch and Hound’s-tongue seem to have produced more plants than ever. Some species grow in patches, and Yellow Rattle, a specialist of hay-meadows, has produced large numbers of these in the big field next to the horse field.

The orchids are faring well too. There were a lot of spikes of Early-purple Orchid, and they were mostly good big ones. Common Spotted and Bee Orchid are now showing, and other species should appear soon.

The butterfly season started well with plenty of Peacocks and Brimstones around, and good numbers of Orange Tips. First broods of Brown Argus, Common Blue and Small Copper have all been seen, though the wet spell at the end of May may have set some back.

A first sighting for the reserve of a 4-spotted chaser dragonfly was an exciting find. We will keep our eyes open for others.