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.