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Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Type:Nature Reserve

Bickley Hall Farm, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8EF

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Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been working for wildlife on your doorstep throughout the region for more than 50 years.

Working across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wirral, we look after a network of 43 nature reserves with habitats ranging from grasslands and wet meadows to reedbeds, coastal dunes and wetlands. Many of these reserves are managed naturally by our conservation grazing herds of Longhorn and Dexter cattle, and Hebridean sheep.

Further places for wildlife are managed by our grazing herds on behalf of a wide range of charitable, private and public sector landowners taking the area we manage across the region to around 500ha – over half the size of Delamere Forest.

Our reserves provide a refuge for rare species including natterjack toads, great crested newts, the bittern and a wide range of dragonflies and butterflies. Mammals such as otters and water voles are regularly recorded on our reserves, and our Gowy Meadows nature reserve has one of the largest varieties of aquatic invertebrates found anywhere in the UK. We’re also working hard to bring some of the region’s rarest wildlife back to Cheshire including white-faced darter dragonflies.

We are now working to connect large parts of our nature reserve network through our Living Landscape scheme, by working with farmers, landowners and communities to link-up the best pieces of the rural jigsaw for wildlife. This allows species to move freely along natural corridors like rivers and hedgerows and gives wildlife breathing space under the pressures of development and climate change.

Our work across the region is backed by dozens of events each year, and we inspire thousands of children both at our Bickley Hall Farm HQ, in Malpas, and through outreach projects in the classroom.

As the region’s leading wildlife charity we act as a voice for wildlife and the environment, meeting with those who shape and influence our countryside from your local community to Westminster.

We can only do all this with the support of our members – to add your voice to more than 13,000 others please give us a call or join us online today.


Public Transport Directions

Abbot Moss: Bus- No. 82 to Shell Garage, walk 21 minutes (1 mile). Rail- Northern line to Greenbank, transfer to bus No. 82 to Shell Garage, walk 21 minutes (1 mile). 

Bagmere: From Chester Rail Station-avanti west coast to northern or transport for Wales, switch to bus No. 42, followed by 20 minute walk.

Brickley Hall Farm: Rail- Far Meadow station, 20minute walk

Black Firs Wood: Avanti West Coast train line to bus No. 38 Sapphire to Brookland Road (13-minute walk) or Avanti West Coast trainline to bus No. 42, Somerford Grove (9-minute walk).

Black Lake: Train to Frodsham, bus No. 48 to Crossroads, 15-minute walk

Cleaver Heath: Various bus routes. Most direct bus No. 22 to Kylemore Drive, 10-minute walk

Compstall Nature Reserve: Multiple options, all include train transfers then taking bus from Stockport to Compstall Village stop, 25-minute walk

Cotterill Clough:  Rail- various options (Avanti West Coast, Norther and Transport for Wales) connect to bus. Closest stops Sunbank Lane (8-minute walk) or Hasty Lane (19-minute walk)

Crown Farm Nature Reserve: Not accessible to the public

Danes Moss: Train to Crewe bus No. 38 Sapphire to Old Post Office, (21-minute walk) or train to Macclesfield bus No. 38 Sapphire to Methodist Church, (21-minute walk)


Opening Times

2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00

* The reception is usually open from 9:30am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday.
Please note Bickley is a working farm so visits are by appointment only. Public Footpaths run adjacent to the farm as part of the Sandstone Trail.

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