Know before you go
Please contact the Trust; research or special group visits can be arranged on request.
Sorry, this reserve is not accessible for those with limited mobility.
When to visit
Opening timesAccess onto the reserve is restriced by permit only
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Abbots Moss, with a peat base dating from around 7000 years ago, lies surrounded by Delamere Forest. The site is a superb example of a floating ‘schwingmoor’ bog, and is home to a number of delicate and specialised plants and wildlife, including the carnivorous sundew. As one of the few remaining remnants of this rare habitat in Cheshire, and a habitat that is easily damaged and difficult to safely negotiate, it has restricted public access. Comprising of 12 ha across Shemmy Moss and South Moss, a mosaic of bog pools, heath, sphagnum rafts and flora provide a haven for large numbers of dragonflies including four-spotted chasers. Green hairstreak butterflies are also found at Abbots Moss. There is also an impressive list of almost 150 spiders recorded on the moss.