The reserve is a remnant of the acidic bog and heathland that once covered most of Wigpool Common. The pool is situated within a large conifer plantation with a good range of acidic-marshland plants. Wildfowl, common frogs, palmate and smooth newts also breed here.
The reserve is a remnant of the acidic bog and heathland that once covered most of Wigpool Common. A good variety of acidic-marshland plants grow here including marsh penny wort, lesser spearwort, marsh speedwell, commo marsh-bedstraw, floating sweet grass and numerous sedges. Rushes and bilberry and grey willow and alder are present in the drier conditions at the waters edge. Resident nesting wildfowl such as mallard and amphibians such as the common frog and palmate and smooth newts breed here.