HOLLYM CARRS NATURE RESERVE
EAST YORKSHIRE (Hollym), (SE)
National Grid TA 328 243 00o00´/00o00´ 10.83ha 7m, mainly meadows and hedges with planted woodland on undulating ground
Birding Site Guide
Drive to Hollym village just off the A1033 Patrington to Withernsea road. Access to the reserve is by foot only, via the bridleway from west of the village. The bridleway then turns SW to the reserve, please note no dogs. The reserve is owned and managed by South Holderness Countryside Society.
The area consists of meadows (2.68ha) and planted woodland (6ha) and has some old fenland features. As well as these, there is a former brick pond in the SW part and other smaller ponds. The meadows are known as Burnham meadows and are located in the NW section, the plantation is in the SE section. There are mown paths to guide the visitor around the undulating site. Birds are typical of the areas arable farmland landscape and fenland history.
This area was noted for its wildlife long before becoming a nature reserve, particularly for its entomological and botanical species. Plants of ditches include Greater Water-Parsnip Sium latifolium once seen here in 1988, Yellow Loosestrife Lysmachia vulgaris, Purple LoosestrifeLythrum salicaria, Tufted Forget-me-not Myosotis laxa, Brown Sedge Carex disticha. The ponds and associated marshes hold Small Pondweed Potamogeton berchtoldii, Blunt-fruited Water-Starwort Callitriche obtusangula, Celery-leaved Buttercup Ranunculus sceleratus, Red Goosefoot Chenopodium rubrum, Pink Water-Speedwell Veronica catenata, Marsh Cudweed Gnaphalium uliginosum, Toadrush Juncus bufonius and Rigid Hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum. There are 5 species of stonewort, most interesting of which is Chara globularis. Carr area hold Reed Canary-Grass Phalaris arundinacea and Tufted Hair-Grass Deschampsia cespitosa while the neutral meadows hold Hairy Tare Vicia hirsute, Pepper Saxifrage Silaum silaus, Sneezewort Achillea ptarmica, Hairy Sedge Carex hirta and Field Wood-rush Luzula campestris.
Planted species include Black Poplar Populus nigra and Osier Salix viminalis in wetter areas and mainly Ash Fraxinus excelsir and oak Quercus elsewhere with a mix of other species.
Invertebrates include Great Diving-Beetle Dytiscus marginalis, Saucer Bug Ilyocois cimicoides, Slender Ground-hopper Tetrix subulata (at one of its 2 East Yorkshire sites) and many commoner species.