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Eastwood Nature reserve

A stunning clough woodland with boardwalks and a tumbling brook

Eastwood is a hidden gem of a woodland, nestling in a stunning clough valley just a stone's throw from Stalybridge town. The reserve was gifted to the RSPB by a private family (the Cheethams) in 1931 and became the first RSPB reserve, with the charity then leasing it on to Cheshire Wildlife Trust. During 2012, an extensive renovation supported by a Biffa Award grant project took place, introducing a series of new pathways, boardwalks, bridges, steps and wildlife information boards - improving overall access to the best parts of the reserve. Highlights include a blanket of bluebells in the spring as well as wood sorrel and wild angelica. Woodland birds are here in good numbers, especially those who thrive on the deadwood habitats here like treecreeper, nuthatch and woodpeckers. Warblers arrive in spring, along with summer butterflies and dragonflies, whilst the tumbling brook and pool at the heart of the reserve welcome dippers and occasional kingfishers in winter. A great place to get away from it all!

Nearby nature reserves

Compstall Nature Reserve
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Long Clough
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Moston Fairway
6 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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Reserve information

Stalybridge, Tameside
SK15 2QX
Map reference
SJ 970 979
Great for...
getting away from it all
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
4.70 hectares

Sorry, this reserve is not suitable for those with limited mobility
Walking information
Trails, boardwalks, steps and bridges pass through much of the reserve
Car park available at Stalybridge Celtic Football Club
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728


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