Island, on the western fringes of Cumbria, lies just half a mile from the mainland
town of Barrow-in-Furness.
The island is just 11 miles long and a mile wide,
but provides a range of great habitats for wildlife, including 250 types of birds,
450 flowering plants and 400 species of moths and butterflies.
Summer is a great season to watch wildlife from sea birds
to marine life and wild flowers.
- Check out island nature watching opportunities from
birds and Basking Sharps to flowers and fauna.
Island - Visitor Guide
Walney Nature Reserve, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
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map:||Multimap of Walney
trails and hides. |
kit:||Walking shoes. Binoculars and
Toads - to the north of the island.
Birds - species found among the
mudflats and salt marshes include Redshanks, Knot, Common and Little Terns, Ringed
Plovers, Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Curlews, Pintails, Shelducks and Red-breasted
Merganser. Head to the north of the island.
The gull colony is located
at the southern end of the island.
Be careful not to pick up or interfere with
Observation hides and purpose-built trails on South
Access to public toilets at car park and nature reserve marked pathways. Access
also available to one of the six observation hides in the South Walney Nature
nearest amenities are a shop and toilets at the caravan site in Earnsie Bay -
visitors are advised to bring their own refreshments. |
By car: From Junction 36
on the M6 follow the A590 through Barrow-in-Furness and over the bridge to Walney
Island. The reserve is situated at the north end of the island - turn right after
the bridge onto the Promenade and then turn left onto Mill Lane after half a mile.
Turn right at the Periscope Hotel onto West Shore Road and continue
through the West Shore estate to Earnsie Point - the nature reserve lies one mile
to the north.
Car parking: Available at South Walney Nature Reserve.
North Walney Nature Reserve
- year round.
South Walney Nature Reserve - 10am - 7pm in summer
and 10am - 6pm in winter. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.
Walney Nature Reserve - free. |
South Walney Nature Reserve - £1 adults;
50p children; free for Cumbria Wildlife Trust members
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