The last remaining site in Cheshire for the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

Bagmere was taken over by the Trust in 2009. A Site Special of Scientific Interest (SSSI), Bagmere is the bed of a formerly larger mere, which has now almost completely filled with peat. A small area of open water remains, surrounded by particularly rich fen, marshy grassland and carr woodland. It is the last remaining site in Cheshire for the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

 

The food plants of the small pearl-bordered fritillary larvae are marsh violet Viola palustris and common dog-violet V. riviniana. Both are found in extensive patches over parts of the site, together with widespread nectar sources for the adults, such as marsh cinquefoil.

 

The management of this site, in partnership with Natural England through Higher Level Stewardship, forms part of our Conservation Grazing Scheme where three of the Trust’s Dexter cows are employed to restore the habitat by creating conditions in which the food plants of the small pearl-bordered fritillary can thrive.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rural and remote location of our reserves, postcodes given may be approximate.  

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Swettenham Meadows & The Quinta
2 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Black Firs Wood
3 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Rudheath
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
Bagmere Lane nr Holmes Chapel
Congleton
Cheshire
CW11 1RU
Map reference
SJ795643
Great for...
butterflies
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Size
10.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
No

Sorry, this reserve is not accessible for those with limited mobility.
Walking information
Due to the fragile nature of the fenland access is restricted, by permit request only. The reserve can be viewed from the public footpath to the north.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Dexter cattle
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728
info@cheshirewt.org.uk