Eccup Whin Leeds

Eccup Whin


A nature reserve in Eccup. A mix of woodland, wetland and scrubland

Eccup Whin Leeds

Eccup Whin is 5.67 hectares of woodland owned by Leeds City Council. Originally used as a tipping site by Yorkshire Water during the construction and dredging of Eccup Reservoir. This resulted in the formation of embankments, humps and hollows, creating wetland areas and ponds.

Location Details

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Things to Note

Eccup Whin has the following on-site or nearby:

  • Nearby Food & Drink
  • Nearby Parking


Eccup is a village in the civil parish of Alwoodley and north of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is just north of Alwoodley and east of Bramhope and Golden Acre Park. Eccup is at the north-west edge of Eccup Reservoir.

Things to Do

Dog Walking

The woods has some really exciting terrain and landscapes to explore with your dog. Including plenty of opportunities to let the dog off the leash.

Bird Watching

Due to the type of landscape that Eccup Whin has, it is a great place for birdwatching.

The site is mainly a passage and breeding site for Summer migrants, in particular Willow warbler, Blackcap, and garden warbler. Wood warbler, Pied flycatcher, Spotted flycatcher and Common redstart may also be present at passage time. Green and Great spotted woodpecker are resident. A small pond is present which supports breeding frogs and toads, dragonfly species can be present in Summer months.

The area within 5 miles radius of Eccup Whin is home to 203 species of birds.

Looking at Flowers and Fauna

The variety of landscape creates the ideal conditions for a range of flowers and fauna. The wet and moist conditions by the water make it an ideal habitat for liverworts, ferns and mosses. Then on the mounds you are likely to see a range of flowers in the spring and summer.

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Eccup Whin was original a dumping ground for the creation of Eccup Reserviour by Yorkshire Water. All the soil and waste that was moved to make room for the water was put at this location. Over time the soil became enriched with the buried plant and tree matter – making it a fertile landscape.


There is no on-site parking. There is a small amount of on road parking.

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