When the industrial era receded nature shouldered her way in to reclaim the Wide Waters, Dandy and Castle Pools known collectively as the Little Dawley Pools. Today pioneering tree species such as birch, alder and pussy willow stand tall above the waters which contain carp, bream, roach and perch. Water fleas, freshwater shrimp and mayfly nymphs can be found in abundance and damselflies and other flying insects take to the air throughout the summer falling prey to opportunistic birds and twilight bats.
The Dawley Pools also contain a delightful range of water fowl, woodland birds and the occasional kingfisher. It is hard to imagine in earlier times this tranquil spot was the scene of considerable smoke, noise, dirt and industry.
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