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Open water. The landscape of the Barnsley area is marked and shaped by water. In their early stages the streams and rivers follow steep sided valleys; broader valleys and floodplains where there are important wetlands, mark the passage of rivers downstream.
Within Barnsley’s boundaries are upland reservoirs feeding the water supply and a lowland reservoir built to supply a canal.
There are small lakes and ponds, remnants of canals, and an array of drainage ditches together with subsidence flashes and areas of open water within flooded wetlands.
These together constitute many of the richest areas for wildlife, supporting in particular large numbers of birds.