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Cleaver Heath

A heathland with views out across the Dee estuary towards North Wales, great for reptiles and butterflies

With stunning views sweeping across the Dee estuary, Cleaver Heath is an important heathland on the Wirral and the perfect reserve for an evening stroll at sunset. A carpet of purple shades of heather and bright yellow gorse in summer is bissected by a footpath running lengthways through the reserve. To the east of the path the ground is dominated by mature heather, with sphagnum mosses also present. A recent heath fire has created a large area of bare ground to the west of the reserve, and the vibrant green shoots of new growth are already bursting through the charred earth. The surrounding woodland is dominated by birch and oak, along with rowan and holly.  Common lizards enjoy basking on the sandy paths, whilst butterflies and a range of birds can be discovered in the surrounding woodlands.

Species and habitats

Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Woodland
Common Lizard

Nearby nature reserves

Foxes Wood
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Thornton Wood
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Red Rocks Marsh
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Oldfield Road, Heswall, Wirral
CH60 6SG
Map reference
SJ 256 826
Great for...
getting away from it all
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
3.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Access is limited, but may be possible for those with suitable mobilty equipment
Walking information
Footpaths run throughout the reserve
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728