Kestrel - Bob Coyle
A mixture of wildflower meadows and woodlands alongside the River Weaver
Nestling below the imposing Grade II listed Dutton viaduct, Dutton Park nature reserve is looked after by the Trust in partnership with the Woodland Trust. The reserve’s many pools and ponds are remnants of the original Weaver navigation, and the new course of the river now meanders gently passed the reserve. Peregrine falcons have been known to use the viaduct as a vantage point, and kestrels and buzzards are regular visitors. The reserve’s habitats of wildflower meadows benefit from regular grazing by our Longhorn cows, and the ponds have had their fish removed to allow aquatic wildlife to flourish. The scrub along the reserve fringe plays host to several summer migrants including whitethroats and sedge warblers, whilst the strange ‘fishing reel’ call of the grasshopper warbler can also sometimes be heard on a warm summer’s evening. A circular walk through Dutton Park allows you to discover the wide range of habitats on our newest nature reserve.