Crawley has been built on the site of a floodplain and as such there are many areas which have been deliberately left undeveloped to cope with floodwaters. These areas have the dual purpose of being managed positively for wildlife.
This area is now mown once a year to encourage a wide variety of wildflowers on the flood meadows either side of the canalised stream which flows through this site. A pond to encourage more wildlife has recently been created.
Although this site is located next to a busy road, in an industrial estate, it is of value for nature conservation. Most of the area comprises a flood meadow where plants, such as ragged robin which prefer the moist conditions, flourish. Crawter's Brook also flows through the site.
This is a quiet spot, where visitors can sit on the benches provided.
This flood meadow has a very high water table and is even marshy in high summer. This site is a haven for plants which like moist damp conditions, such as rushes and marsh plants. Broadfield Brook flows through this site into a pond where frogs and newts and moorhens breed. Ducks can also be seen on the pond.
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