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Holcroft Moss

This wetland reserve is the only known area of lowland bog in Cheshire that hasn't been cut for peat

Holcroft Moss is a SSSI designated lowland raised bog and is thought to be the only known example in Cheshire that has never been cut for peat.  Commercial peat extraction from the bog’s immediate surroundings has however lowered the water table, and this subsequently damaged the hydrology of Holcroft Moss.  The Cheshire Wildlife Trust began work in restoring the bog’s ability to hold water by inserting sheets of plastic piling around the perimeter of the site.  Other forms of management include the sensitive grazing of the Trust’s Hebridean sheep, which help control the invasion of woody species and also restricts the dominance of purple moor grass.  Notable species found on Holcroft Moss include cross-leaved heath, cranberry, cottongrass and six species of sphagnum moss.  During the summertime the bog is a favoured breeding and feeding site of yellowhammer – a UK BAP species, and is home to a small population of common lizard

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Nearby nature reserves

Cadishead & Little Woolden Moss
1 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Astley Moss
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Sinderland Green Woods
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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6 miles north east of Warrington & 0.75 miles north west of Glazebrrok immediately south of the M62
Map reference
SJ 68478 93315
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18.00 hectares
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Dogs allowed
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Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728