Rodley Nature Reserve

Site Details : Owned by Rodley nature reserve trust

Volunteers : Howard and Penny Smith

Situated just four miles from the centre of Leeds, Rodley Nature Reserve is different to most wetland reserves in that the wetlands were all dug out from scratch from rough grassland close to the River Aire. When Yorkshire Water plc decomissioned the Rodley Water Treatment Works in 1993 it was with a wish that their land should be developed as a nature reserve. The land is situated in the Aire valley and is owned by Rodley Nature Reserve Trust and managing with help from donations and from volunteers by Friends of Rodley Nature Reserve plus the income generated from the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.