Welcome to Sugar Mill Ponds …

The Sugar Mill Ponds lie in the village of Rawcliffe Bridge, about 5 miles west of Goole, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Two large ponds take up much of this compact 10 hectare site which has car parking, good paths around the site, open spaces for picnics, nature areas bursting with wildlife and a section of canal towpath. It has been transformed under the Changing Places programme from a derelict industrial eyesore into a wildlife haven, peaceful place for informal recreation, and is developing as an exceptional educational facility.

Friends of Sugar Mill Ponds …

The Sugar Mill Ponds Friends Group was set up in July 1998 with the main aim of providing community participation and involvement in all aspects of site management. It is also hoped that the group will help secure future funding for site management, resolve any differences between site user groups and establish links with other similar ‘friends’ groups.

The group meets approximately every 2 months at Rawcliffe Bridge Primary School. The group has a chairperson, regular agenda items and anyone with an interest in the well-being of the Sugar Mill Ponds is welcome to join.

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Education at Sugar Mill Ponds …

Sugar Mill Ponds is an oasis of wildlife in a sea of intensive agriculture. The 10-hectare site contains two large ponds, fen and reed bed areas, linear pockets of woodland and stretches of grassland and scrub. Together these habitats support a diverse range of birdlife, from the Chaffinch to the nationally rare Reed Bunting. Sugar Mill Ponds also houses a variety of different Mammals, from foxes to field voles. Finally, one must not forget the insect life, the diverse nature of the Sugar Mill Ponds site means that the area is ideal for discovering a rich variety of minibeasts and pond creatures.

An education pack has been created for Sugar Mill Ponds to help teachers’ plan, organise and deliver activities at the Ponds. It is hoped that teachers will find this education pack interesting and a useful teaching aid. All of the activities described in the Education Pack are linked to the National Curriculum. This education Pack has been produced by Groundwork Wakefield’s Education Department.

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NOTICE!!!, The entrance gate closing times have changed to Autumn/winter hours as from today. All signs on site have been changed, Gate opens to vehicles at 7.00am and closes prompt at 7.00pm no road vehicles to be left on Canal or Sugar Mill Ponds after 7.00pm, pedestrians have 24 hour access. ... See MoreSee Less

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Once again the cottages have been targeted by youths. The cottages have been broken into again despite being secured with metal panels by ERYC. This is a dangerous building and must not be approached under any circumstances.

We are a group of volunteers that work very hard to provide this facility in our area and when we hear of people mindlessly causing destruction and damage it upsets us greatly, not to mention the worry of the risk they are putting themselves into

Parents please speak to your children, explain the dangers and also the consequences that may happen if they are to be found carrying out such mindless acts to ensure they keep this community resource open for everyone.
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