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Trentabank Reservoir

Species rich coniferous plantation surrounding Trentabank reservoir with a large heronry

On the doorstep of the Peak District, Trentabank reservoir and the surrounding conifer plantations of Macclesfield Forest are owned by United Utilities and supply the town of Macclesfield with drinking water. Although a working environment, Trentabank and the forests are a haven for wildlife, and the Trust manages a small area of woodland with commanding views across the reservoir. Perhaps best known for its heronry (thought to be the largest in the Peak District with over 20 breeding pairs), the reserve is also a great place to seek out ravens and birds of prey. Stately red deer are shy residents of the forest, but can often be seen drinking from the reservoir in early morning. Changing water levels occasionally expose the reservoir banks, which become a popular feeding ground for small wading birds including common sandpiper, green sandpiper and little ringed plover. Flocks of crossbills are regularly seen feeding in the tree tops whilst in winter visitors including goldeneye and goosander join the resident water birds.

Species and habitats

Upland, Wetland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Danes Moss
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Black Brook
6 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Hillbridge and Park Wood
6 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

In Macclesfield Forest, partly in the Peak District National Park
SK11 0NS
Map reference
SJ 962 713
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Opening Times
The reservoir can be viewed all year round. A visitor centre operated by the local ranger service may be open on selected weekends. The reservoir itself can only be accessed by permit only
17.20 hectares

There is access to the small woodland trail and heronry viewpoint along the forest road
Walking information
Apart from the small woodland trail and viewpoint at the reserve, the wider area can be accessed via the forest roads and there are public footpaths onto the adjacent uplands
Please park in the main visitor centre car park, the short woodland trail and reservior viewpoint is directly opposite
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728