Kings Dyke Nature Reserve

Philip Parker Associates were instrumental in establishing the national-award winning Kings Dyke Nature Reserve for Hanson Building Products (now Forterra) back in 1995.

Initially the site was developed as a 25ha reserve in a disused part of the brick pits, for the benefit of local schools and the community. Due its success, the reserve has been greatly expanded and now covers over 50ha.

The reserve is accessed by free permit and now has over 1500 permit holders. Philip Parker Associates are responsible for the day to day running of the reserve, habitat management, membership administration and all monitoring. In addition, Philip Parker also gives regular talks about the reserve to interested user groups.

School Visits

Over 500 school children visit the reserve each year, primarily from Key Stage 2. A range of activities are run by Philip Parker Associates Ltd on behalf of Hanson, which are all linked in to the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Visits from older students, including A-Level groups, are also welcome and can be taken on tours of the brickworks in addition to visiting the reserve.

Organised visits are provided free of charge by Philip Parker Associates, as part of Forterra’s (formerly Hanson) community work.

Further Information

For more information, including the latest news, please visit the Kings Dyke Nature Reserve website. From there you can also download a membership application form or download your renewal form, to obtain a free permit and gain access to the reserve all year round.

Alternatively, if you have any questions, particularly about organising a school visit or arranging an educational talk, please contact us on 01553 630842.