A variety of habitats, including woodland, scrub, wet & dry heath, and grassland

Rudheath nature reserve is comprised of a mosaic of habitats, including wet and dry woodland, heathland, scrub and grassland.  Dry heath grows on sandy soils and is characterised by heather and European gorse.  Small areas of rabbit-grazed acid grassland are scattered amongst the dwarf shrubs.  The surrounding birch woodland grades in to wet woodland and has purple moor grass and sphagnum mosses at ground layer.  Low lying ground is found to the centre of the reserve, and grades outwards to the neighbouring mere.  Here several springs emerge and standing water gives rise to alder and willow carr.   An area of wet heath lies to the south of the reserve, and is dominated by heather and European gorse, with soft rush associated with the wetter regions.  A damp, species-rich hay meadow is found to the north of the reserve.  Its sympathetic management involves mowing late in the year, as this allows the wild flowers to set seed before being cut.  Species include marsh thistle, hard rush, iris, silverweed and mare’s tail.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Heathland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Swettenham Meadows & The Quinta
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Bagmere
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Knutsford Heath
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Allostock, Northwich
Cheshire
Map reference
SJ 742 707
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
10.60 hectares
Access
No

Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728