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Limekiln Wood

Part of an ancient semi-natural woodland with a variety of birdlife and a large small mammal population

Clinging to the north-west slope of the Mow Cop ridge, Limekiln Wood is one part of a larger wood complex that has cloaked the ridge since the end of the last Ice Age. The trees reflect the thin soils and exposed location rising above the Cheshire plain: oak, downy birch and rowan predominate, with alder in the wetter patches and dense stands of holly beneath the canopy. There are a number of wet flushes through the wood, and these are home to a particularly rich ground flora. Opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage, marsh marigold, yellow pimpernel, meadowsweet and lesser celandine are all abundant. In drier areas honeysuckle, greater stitchwort, wood sorrel and foxglove add colour. A visit in the autumn will reveal a variety of fungi with evocative names such as foxy spot, stinkhorn and blushing bracket.

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Nearby nature reserves

Black Firs Wood
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Parrot's Drumble
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Near Mow Cop, Congleton
CW12 2NU
Map reference
SJ 862 587
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13.10 hectares

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Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728