at Spring Lane Ford
The Lukely Brook meanders through the ancient settlement of Carisbrooke, it could be that the village is named after the brook itself. The stream has a diverse range of invertebrates upstream, which indicates good water quality. The little fish the bullhead, known locally as the Millers Thumb, is hard to see in its perfect riverbed camouflage. It is a conservation success story, as improved habitat and good water quality has increased its numbers.
The banks are important habitat for birds and other wildlife. The more engineered stretches have less wildlife interest, but still support fish including; sticklebacks, eels, trout and other native fish. If your are lucky you may even see the flash of Kingfisher making its way along the waterway.
Historically a number of mills were sited along its banks, many of which have disappeared without a trace, others can still be viewed, but sadly none are in working order.
Spring Lane Ford, at the junction of Carisbrooke High Street, is no longer accessible by vehicles. But you will often find families dipping their nets in the water to catch the tiddlers that live in that part of the brook. The traffic here is very busy so do take great care if you are visiting this old ford.
The Carisbrooke Pond, locally also known as the 8 Bells Pond, can be best viewed from the garden of the public house of the same name. This large pond was used as a boating lake in Victorian times, and is now an important site for waterfowl and bats. It was naturalised a few years ago with native marginal plants.
The Footprint Trust are working with Newport Parish Council to maintain the Lukely Brook at Spring Lane Ford.