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Abbots Moss

A large area of acid bog with some areas of dry heath and bog pools

Abbots Moss, with a peat base dating from around 7000 years ago, lies surrounded by Delamere Forest. The site is a superb example of a floating ‘schwingmoor’ bog, and is home to a number of delicate and specialised plants and wildlife, including the carnivorous sundew. As one of the few remaining remnants of this rare habitat in Cheshire, and a habitat that is easily damaged and difficult to safely negotiate, it has restricted public access. Comprising of 12 ha across Shemmy Moss and South Moss, a mosaic of bog pools, heath, sphagnum rafts and flora provide a haven for large numbers of dragonflies including four-spotted chasers.

Green hairstreak butterflies are also found at Abbots Moss. There is also an impressive list of almost 150 spiders recorded on the moss.

Species and habitats

Heathland, Ponds

Nearby nature reserves

Black Lake
3 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Hatch Mere
3 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Owley Wood
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

The reserve lies within Delamere Forest, to the east of the A49
Map reference
SJ 594 687
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a family day out
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Access onto the reserve is restriced by permit only
13.60 hectares
Special Site of Scientific Interest
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Sorry, this reserve is not accessible for those with limited mobility
Walking information
Please contact the Trust; research or special group visits can be arranged on request.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728