Haughton Dale is a nature reserve near Haughton Green. Ancient woodlands and meadows that survived the industrial development in the valley are now connected by newer woodlands that have colonised or been planted on the footprint of textile mills, coal mining and early glass-making. The woodlands host bluebells, and in wet areas the yellow-green of golden saxifrage. The woodland is oak, ash and alder is an important habitat for birds, with woodpeckers, owls, buzzards, bullfinches and nuthatches. The site has an extensive path network for walkers of all abilities, cyclists and horse riders and is an opportunity to enjoy the wildlife on your doorstep, or just take a gentle stroll in the countryside.