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Hockenhull Platts

Meadows rich in bird and plant species

Within easy distance of Chester and Tarvin, Hockenhull Platts nature reserve sits beside the River Gowy and is a great place to enjoy a short stroll along the Mill Trail and over the quaint medieval bridges that traverse the reserve.


Home to several habitats including a poplar plantation, reedbed and species-rich wet meadows, the reserve has recently received a boost of new pools and wetlands for the benefit of water voles amongst other creatures. The poplar plantation is sparse and its wet nature has created an unusual stand of common reed at the ground layer. The reserve is also rich in bird life, with over 64 species recorded, including summer-visiting warblers, including sedge warbler, grasshopper warbler and reed warbler. Otters have been recorded along the banks of the bordering River Gowy, and it is hoped the newly created wetlands may also encourage these secretive river dwellers. Look out for our dainty Dexter cows grazing the reserve in summer.


Hockenhull Platts are managed by agreement with the Grosvenor (Eaton) Estates.

Species and habitats

Meadow, Ponds

Nearby nature reserves

Black Lake
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Gowy Meadows
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Hatch Mere
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Platts Lane,
Map reference
SJ 476 657
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5.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Gowy and Mersey Washlands

Sorry, this reserve may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Walking information
A public footpath runs through the centre of the reserve and along the river Gowy to the east, accessible from Platts Lane, Waverton. Please park with consideration for residents in the designated bays/layby. This allows viewing of the wetlands and meadows. Please note: due to the presence of livestock and nesting birds during parts of the year, access to the grazing fields is by prior arrangement only, please contact the Trust to arrange a permit.
Cars should be left in vicinity of the drive to Cotton Farm, please note space is limited
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Dexter cattle
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728


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