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Knutsford Heath

An area of lowland heath

Knutsford Heath is a reserve comprised of a mosaic of habitats, including broadleaved woodland, scrub, heathland and grassland. The heathland is limited to a small area to the centre of the reserve. This depression in the ground is dominated by heather, wavy hair grass and common bent. An area of bare, sandy ground is also present, and here young heather is in its pioneer stage and shows signs of colonisation. A large stand of European gorse found to the south and west of this basin also appears to be encroaching. Much of the reserve is covered in dry, semi-natural broadleaved woodland. Dominant species include English oak, sessile oak and silver birch. An understory of willow, elder and rowan is locally dense, and this is reflected in the ground flora with large areas of bare ground found in the heavily shaded areas. Elsewhere, wavy-hair grass, red fescue, rosebay willowherb and bramble dominate the more open areas.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Heathland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Sean Hawkins Meadow
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Cotterill Clough
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Saltersley Moss
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Next to A5033 on the edge of Knutsford
WA16 0ND
Map reference
SJ 746 788
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5.30 hectares

Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728