A small undisturbed area of wet woodlandand, a haven for birds.


  • Sound of spring birds singing and cowslips and primrose in flower
  • Summer is the best time to find flowers such as the crimson flowered marsh cinquefoil.
  • In winter flocks of siskin and redpoll visit the reserve
  • At all times of year this is a really quiet, undisturbed place where roe deer can be sometime be seen.

An undisturbed haven for wildlife

Next Ness is a narrow strip of wet woodland beneath Hoad Hill and adjacent to the railway line on the edge of Ulverston.  The main tree species you will see are alder and willow which tolerate the waterlogged conditions. The nutrient rich soils mean that vigorous species such as nettle and meadowsweet are abundant, although you can also find species such as marsh marigold, marsh cinquefoil, forget-me-not and sedges.

The nature reserve contains no rarities, but has value as an area of relatively undisturbed habitat. Coot, mallard, kingfisher, grey heron, little owl and great spotted woodpecker can be seen along with treecreepers, warblers such as garden warbler and willow warbler, and tits.  Many of these birds breed here.

Keeping it special

The nature reserve was purchased from British Rail in 1989.

Getting here

By car: From A590 east of Ulverston take the minor road at the roundabout signed to Next Ness. Turn right under the railway bridge and the reserve entrance is immediately on the right. Unfortunatly there is no parking by the reserve entrance
By bicycle:  The reserve is 5km/3 miles from National Route 72 Walney to Wear.
By public transport: Trains run from Barrow in Furness, Grange over Sands and Lancaster to Ulverston. Buses run from Barrow in Furness, Grange over Sands, Kendal and Coniston to Ulverston.

Species and habitats

Marsh Cinquefoil, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler

Nearby nature reserves

Humphrey Head
6 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Brown Robin
7 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Nichols Moss
8 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Near Ulverston
Map reference
SD 300 786
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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1.80 hectares
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Walking information
The reserve is served by a linear level footpath which runs the length of the site (c400m). There is no exit at the far end and visitors must return by the same route.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Pete Jones
Tel: 01539 816300