Roudsea Wood and Mosses NNR is a complex site comprising four main habitats: coastal saltmarsh, acid woodland, limestone woodland and lowland raised mire; plus the transitional zones between these habitats.
Main habitats: woodland, peatland
Roudsea offers a plethora of wildlife-spotting opportunities in peaceful and inspiring surroundings. Over 500 plant and 280 fungi species are found in the reserve, including the very rare large yellow sedge, and the endemic Lancaster whitebeam.
Animals found at the site include hazel dormouse, otter and brown hare and the area supports over 50 species of breeding birds such as nightjar, hawfinch, sparrowhawk, woodcock and marsh tit.
A large number of rare and scare invertebrates are found at the site including the short-winged cone-head cricket, bog-bush cricket and raft spider. The diverse moth population includes the barred tooth-stripe, beautiful snout and green silver-lines. Scarce butterflies found here include the silver-washed fritillary and the large heath.
Please note, there are no public rights of way across the reserve and access is by permission only.