OS map ref: SK 407120 (Sheet 129)
Kelham Bridge is situated in north-west Leicestershire. From Ibstock travel north for about 1 km on the Ravenstone Road and the reserve is on the right behind a sewage treatment works. Park at Sence Valley Forest Park, which is about 1km south of Kelham Bridge.
We encourage visitors to use environmentally friendly forms of transport wherever possible. Most of our reserves are easily accessible by bicycle, with many close to the National Cycle Network. Please note that cycling is not permitted on the nature reserve itself.
Public transport - contact Traveline for further information www.traveline.org.uk or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Dogs are permitted on this nature reserve but must be kept on a lead at all times.
To “pre-visit” the nature reserve to determine potential access issues please see our photo trails guide - click here.
The reserve, which covers 8.1 ha, is owned by the Trust and is a Wildlife Site.
The reserve was once an area used for the disposal of sewage waste and it has also been affected by land drainage, mining subsidence and river straightening in the past. The restoration of the site, completed in 2002, has been achieved through a partnership between the Environment Agency, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the National Forest Company and Severn Trent Water.
As part of the development of the site the highly modified channel of the River Sence has been diverted in places to form meanders and elsewhere small areas for flooding have been created along the river margins to extend the floodplain habitats. The reedbeds provide habitats for invertebrates, birds, small mammals and amphibians. The pools attract water birds and wading birds.
Although the reserve is in its infancy, the potential of the site can clearly be seen. Whitethroat, reed and sedge warbler are all present in good numbers and grasshopper warblers sing in most years. Grey partridge, little ringed plover, snipe, little owl and kingfisher can often be seen, while 16 species of dragonfly and 19 species of butterfly have been recorded, as have harvest mouse, water shrew and otter.
Raptors are a speciality of Kelham Bridge and marsh, hen and montague's harrier, osprey, redfooted falcon, merlin, peregrine and buzzard have all been seen. The bird list for the reserve currently stands at 101 species.