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University of York Heslington East


Amenity Grassland, Bog, Flowers for Pollinators, Mixed Woodland, Pond, Wildflower Meadow


Cycling, Playground, Walking, Wheelchair Accessible

This extension to the University of York is a developing landscape. Before 2009 it was arable farmland. A large lake was excavated and the surrounding area was sown with wildflowers to create colourful meadows. 50,000 trees were also planted across the site. The lake attracts a wide variety of waterfowl including pochard, grey herons, gulls and little grebes. The meadows attract insects such as common blue and southern brown argus butterflies. Dragonflies and damselflies are becoming more abundant as the lake matures.

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University of York