Barlow Common Local Nature Reserve


For centuries Barlow Common was used by local parishioners for turning out their cattle, pigs and sheep to graze; for collecting firewood and for sand and gravel. It was acquired by the local railway company in 1908 and used intermittently as a ballast tip for over 50 years. Tipping ceased in 1983 and the land was purchased by Selby District Council in 1986. The area is now managed as a Nature Reserve. It now boasts wildlife habitat, information centre, footpaths. Visitor facilities include coarse fishing, information centre and nature trail. Barlow Common is noted for its butterflies and almost 130 types of bird have been seen here. Declared a Local Nature Reserve in March 2002 due to its importance locally for wildlife and education work.

Contact Information

c/o Countryside Officer, Selby District Council
Civic Centre, Portholme Road

Useful Information

Disabled access : Certain areas have disabled access.
Opening Times : Throughout the year.

Admission Prices : Free admission, except for fishing - day/season tickets purchased on site.

Location Information