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Cotterill Clough

An ancient woodland with a variety of trees and flowers

In Cheshire much of our remaining ancient woodland is in narrow, steep-sided valleys known as ‘cloughs’. Cotterill Clough is a one of Cheshire’s best examples, and located to the west of Manchester Airport, this is one of our oldest nature reserves. It was purchased in 1934 from funds raised by public subscription for a memorial to T.A. Coward, a famous Cheshire naturalist (1867-1933).

 

Three distinct zones exist within the woodland. The first of these occurs on the plateau
edge where the canopy is dominated by birch pedunculated oak and sycamore. As you descend down the steep valley sides this grades into ash-wych elm woodland with a staggeringly diverse ground flora that includes ramsons, dog’s mercury, bluebells, wood anemone, lesser celandine and black bryony. Finally, the valley floor supports species more tolerant of the damper soil conditions including Alder and Willow species. Here the damp conditions allow ferns, mosses and liverworts to flourish alongside the flowering plants.

 

Regretfully, due to unsafe infrastructure and large amounts of standing deadwood that we would like to preserve, the reserve is now closed to the public.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Saltersley Moss
2 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Knutsford Heath
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Sean Hawkins Meadow
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
The reserve is located to the west of Manchester airport and is situated astride a tributary stream of the River Bollin
Wilmslow
Cheshire
WA15 8XQ
Map reference
SJ 805 839
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Opening Times
There is no public access to this site. Look out for spring guided walks being advertised on our website.
Size
5.60 hectares
Access
No

There is no public access to this site. Look out for spring guided walks being advertised on our website.
Walking information
There is no public access to this site. Look out for spring guided walks being advertised on our website.
Parking
Layby 100m east of the reserve entrance, a short distance from the Bollin Bridge
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728