Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Pond at Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Pond at Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm Cheshire view c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm Cheshire view c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm Garden c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Hall Farm Garden c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Barn sign c. Claire Huxley

Bickley Barn sign c. Claire Huxley

Welcome sign c. Alison Buckley

Welcome sign c. Alison Buckley

Sunflowers at Bickley c. Ben Gregory

Sunflowers at Bickley c. Ben Gregory

Bickley Hall Farm

Bickley Hall Farm is a 210-acre (86ha) organic working farm located just outside Malpas in the heart of rural Cheshire. As the HQ of Cheshire Wildlife Trust the farm has a dedicated nature trail leading off the popular Sandstone Trail walking route.

Location

Bickley Hall Farm
Bickley
Cheshire
SY14 8EF

OS Map Reference

SJ529476
A static map of Bickley Hall Farm

Know before you go

Size
86 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Yes

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

The farm has a dedicated nature trail leading off the popular Sandstone Trail walking route. See below to look at the map or to download it.

Access

Contact the Trust for more details.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Sandstone Trail walking route accessible all year round.

Parking, toilets and other routes only available Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm, please contact the Trust for details.

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

As part of a wildlife-friendly farm management regime supported by Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship Scheme our species-rich hay meadows and pastures along with their flower rich margins and wild bird seed plots, bordered by diverse hedgerows are great for invertebrates, small mammals and in particular, hundreds of feeding farmland birds in autumn and winter.

Our fields of spring sown cereals with overwintered stubbles host hundreds of finches and other seed eating birds and our mosaic of wet meadows, intersected by a network of ditches and scattered ponds are managed specifically for wintering and breeding wading birds.

Bickley Hall Farm is managed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust as an organic, wildlife friendly farm in partnership with a local grazier. The Trust has overall management of the farm and all its wildlife friendly features, including the hay meadows, the wet grassland, the floristically enhanced margins, the wild bird seed crops, the ponds, the hedgerows, etc. Our grazing partner provides the cattle for the Trust to manage the farm and grows a spring sown cereal in locations determined by the Trust.

Contact us

Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01948 820728
Contact email: info@cheshirewt.org.uk
Map of Bickley Hall Farm trail

We've recently installed a trail around Bickley Hall Farm so that you can see all the wonderful sights, without too much disruption to the wildlife or farm.

Species recorded on the farm

We are always looking for new species on the farm to see what our wildlife friendly management is attracting.

Spot something new on a visit to Bickley Hall Farm? Do let us know when and where you saw it.

Birds

Species Conservation status on the farm
Pink-footed Goose on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Greylag Goose on fields near Bar Mere
Canada Goose on fields near Bar Mere
Wigeon on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Teal on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Mallard on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Red-legged Partridge few records
Grey Partridge rare resident
Quail rare summer
Pheasant common resident
Grey Heron occasional
Osprey one record
Red Kite occasional fly-overs
Sparrowhawk scarce resident
Buzzard common resident
Kestrel scarce resident
Merlin occasional winter
Hobby few annual records
Peregrine few annual records
Water Rail one record but annual Bar Mere
Moorhen common resident
Coot scarce resident
Common Crane one record: two birds spring 2012
Little Ringed Plover one record: two birds August 2018
Lapwing scarce breeder - common winter
Curlew occasional
Green Sandpiper occasional winter
Common Redshank one record
Jack Snipe Scarce winter
Snipe common winter
Black-headed Gull occasional winter
Common Gull occasional winter
Lesser Black-backed Gull occasional winter
Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove) common resident
Stock Dove fairly commom arable fileds
Woodpigeon common resident
Collared Dove occasional
Cuckoo now scarce summer
Barn Owl one to two pairs breed
Tawny Owl occasional sightings
Short-eared Owl three winter records
Little Owl scarce resident
Swift uncommon summer
Great Spotted Woodpecker common resident
Magpie common resident
Jay common resident
Jackdaw common resident
Rook common resident
Carrion Crow common resident
Raven scarce - now more common
Goldcrest scarce resident
Blue Tit common resident
Great Tit common resident
Coal Tit scarce resident
Skylark common resident
Sand Martin occasional passage
Swallow common summer
House Martin scarce summer
Long-tailed Tit common resident
Chiffchaff common summer
Willow Warbler occasional summer & passage
Grasshopper Warbler rare summer
Blackcap common summer
Lesser Whitethroat scarce summer
Whitethroat common summer
Sedge Warbler scarce summer
Nuthatch scarce resident
Treecreeper scarce resident
Wren common resident
Starling scarce breeder - common winter
Ring Ouzel scarce passage migrant
Blackbird common resident
Fieldfare common winter
Song Thrush common resident
Redwing common winter
Mistle Thrush scarce resident
Robin common resident
Redstart occasional passage
Whinchat regular passage small numbers
Stonechat regular winter
Wheatear regular passage large numbers
Dunnock common resident
House Sparrow common resident
Tree Sparrow scarce breeder - common winter
Yellow Wagtail scarce summer
Pied Wagtail common small numbers
Tree Pipit scarce passage migrant
Meadow Pipit common winter: passage
Chaffinch common resident
Brambling regular winter
Greenfinch uncommon resident
Goldfinch common resident
Linnet common resident
Lesser Redpoll scarce resident - mainly winter
Bullfinch scarce resident
Yellowhammer scarce resident
Reed Bunting common resident

 

Butterflies

Species Conservation status on the farm
Small Skipper Abundant
Large Skipper Common
Brimstone Few records
Large White Common
Small White Abundant
Green-veined White Abundant
Orange Tip Common
Small Copper Common
Common Blue Common: small numbers
Holly Blue Few records
Red Admiral Common
Painted Lady Annual: sometimes large numbers
Small Tortoiseshell Abundant
Peacock Abundant
Comma Common
Speckled Wood Common
Gatekeeper Abundant
Meadow Brown Abundant
Ringlet Common: increasing

Dragonflies

Species Conservation status on the farm
Emerald Damselfly Common in all ponds
Large Red Damselfly Common in all ponds
Azure Damselfly Common in all ponds
Common Blue Damselfly Common in all ponds
Blue-tailed Damselfly Common in all ponds
Red-eyed Damselfly Common: field next to Bar Mere
Hairy Dragonfly Scarce: field next to Bar Mere
Migrant Hawker Common  
Southern Hawker Common  
Brown Hawker Common  
Emperor Common in all ponds
Golden-ringed Dragonfly One record
Four-spotted Chaser Common in all ponds
Broad-bodied Chaser Scarce: all ponds
Black-tailed Skimmer Scarce: field next to Bar Mere
Common Darter Common in all ponds
Ruddy Darter Common in all ponds
Banded Demoiselle male 22/7/19