Hatchmere Trail launches!
The Hatchmere Nature Reserve trail is now open! If you are driving to the trail, you can use the postcode WA6 6NL and park along Ashton Road. If you'd like to download a map of the trail before you set off, please click here. We hope you enjoy the walk!
Delamere Dairy in Delamere Forest
30 years ago Delamere Dairy started life in Delamere Forest when Liz & Roger Sutton bought their first three goats. To commemorate and celebrate this, we’ve teamed up with Cheshire Wildlife
Trust to revitalise and reinstate the conservation charity’s walk around Hatchmere.
Hatchmere, at the edge of Delamere Forest Park, is just one of a series of hundreds of meres and mosslands peppered across the North West, formed by the glacial action at the end of the last Ice Age around 15,000 years ago.
In partnership with Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Delamere Dairy is helping to restore paths and mend fences to create a 2km circular walk that can be enjoyed by ramblers, dog walkers and families alike.
The mere is home to many birds including the beautiful great-crested grebe. Reed bunting and willow warbler also nest among the common reed and lesser reed mace that almost encircle the mere. As well as the mere itself, the nature reserve, designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSi), includes the surrounding fens, wet woodland and wet heath. Up to 13 species of dragonfly and damselfly have been recorded on the reserve, including the rare hairy dragonfly and the variable damselfly.
To the west of the mere Cheshire Wildlife Trust has recently cleared large amounts of birch to enhance the wet heathland vegetation. Here there are heather, bilberry, cotton grass and sphagnum mosses. There are boggy pools hidden in the vegetation, so it is as well to keep to the paths and watch where you put your feet!
Our team has spent the last few months helping restore paths, mend fences, and design information boards to create a 2km circular walk that can be enjoyed by ramblers, dog walkers and families alike. The trail is due to open in late 2015.