Cleaver Heath - Andrew Walmsley
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.