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Pickering's Scrape

A small brackish pond with a small number of waders and wildfowl

Pickering’s Scrape is a small brackish pool with 3 small islands.  It is part of the Pickering’s Pasture Local Nature Reserve and lies on the salt marsh and bank of the River Mersey.  At high tide the scrape is a favoured feeding and roosting site for small numbers of waders and wildfowl, as they retreat from the inundated River Mersey.  Visiting species include lapwing, little ringed plover, redshank, greenshank, snipe, shelduck and tealPeregrine and merlin can often be seen hunting overhead.  To the west of the pool lies a small reedbed, and to the north is a wooded area which conceals a bird hide.  Hale Marsh is private land with no public access, but the scrape and its surrounding salt marsh can be viewed from the hide.  The grassland surrounding Pickering’s Scrape is close-cropped as a result of the constant grazing by geese.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Hunter's Wood
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Gowy Meadows
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Warburton's Wood
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1 mile east of Hale, on the banks of the River Mersey
Map reference
SJ 486 829
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Opening Times
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0.10 hectares

Car park at Pickerings Pasture - information hut near car park
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728