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Black Lake

A small pool and associated bog with a variety of insects and spiders.

Nestling in the heart of the Delamere Forest, Black Lake is haven for dragonflies and damselflies, from the impressive hawkers, to delicate darters and the chaser dragonflies. The lake is a small pool and associated bog lying in a natural depression in the land. An example of early ‘schwingmoor’ or floating bog development, over half of the pool is covered by a delicate sphagnum ‘raft’.  On the outer most regions of the raft, associated bog flora is dominant above the carpet of sphagnum, with scattered saplings and young trees found throughout.  These invasive trees become waterlogged as they increase in weight, when they eventually fall through the sphagnum raft and die.  This natural process helps prevent the bog from becoming woodland. Why not take a few moments to sit on the edge of the pool and look out for some of Black Lake’s aerial acrobats?


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Species and habitats

Ponds, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Hatch Mere
1 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Abbots Moss
3 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Hunter's Wood
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Within Delamere Forest, south of the Chester to Manchester railway
Map reference
SJ 537 709
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Picnic facilities
0.40 hectares

Access is limited, but may be possible for those with suitable mobility assisted equipment
Walking information
Please keep to margin of reserve as the Sphagnum raft that covers a large part of the lake is very delicate & there is deep water beneath
Park at Barnesbridge Gate Car Park (SJ 537 709)
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728