|IPA Factsheet - Stocks Reservoir|
Site Description Stocks Reservoir is situated at the head of the Hodder valley in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. It was created in 1932 by the Fylde Water Board by flooding the Dalehead valley and the surrounding farmland, including the hamlet of Stocks-in-Bowland from which the reservoir derives its name.
Botanical Significance Rare mosses and liverworts found growing at the margins of the reservoir. Species include Weissia rostellata, Physcomitrium sphaericum, Riccia huebeneriana. Shoreline mud is exposed when water is drawn down that provides opportunities for bryophytes to establish when at appropriate conditions.
General Habitat Description Shoreline mud is exposed when water is drawn down, providing opportunities for bryophytes to establish when at conditions are appropriate.
Conservation Issues Varying water levels, nutrient enrichment, invasive aquatics and shade are all threat factors to reservoir bryophytes. Threats at this particular site unknown.