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Saltersley Moss

Raised bog with a small population of green hairstreak butterfly

Saltersley Moss is a small remnant of lowland raised bog, largely dried out due to commercial peat cutting on the adjacent Lindow Common. The reserve was established in 1965 to preserve a small sample of the peat surface. Unlike its surroundings, Saltersely Moss has not been cut for peat, however it no longer exhibits typical bog habitats due to its damaged hydrology. As peat exploitation continues, the water table lowers and the moss becomes drier. This allows birch, oak, alder, buckthorn and bracken to colonise. Toady, mature heather and bilberry are dominant with an abundance of purple moor grass. Small carpets of sphagnum moss are present beneath the dwarf shrubs. An area of wet woodland grows over much of the reserve, however efforts are made to prevent any further succession through felling and pulling. The invasion of bracken is combated through regular cutting and spraying. The green hairstreak butterfly breeds here and can be seen flying in the late spring.


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Species and habitats

Grassland, Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Cotterill Clough
2 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Knutsford Heath
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Sean Hawkins Meadow
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

To the west of Wilmslow
Map reference
SJ 822 805
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1.00 hectares

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Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728