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 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 Rarity on farm
Barn owl one to two pairs breed
Blackbird common resident
Blackcap common summer
Black-headed gull occasional winter
Blue tit common resident
Brambling regular winter
Bullfinch scarce resident
Buzzard common resident
Canada goose on fields near Bar Mere
Carrion crow common resident
Cetti's warbler  
Chaffinch common resident
Chiffchaff common summer
Coal tit scarce resident
Collared dove occasional
Common crane one record: two birds spring 2012
Common gull occasional winter
Common redshank one record
Coot scarce resident
Cuckoo now scarce summer
Curlew occasional
Dunnock common resident
Feral pigeon (rock dove) common resident
Fieldfare common winter
Garden warbler scarce
Goldcrest scarce resident
Golden plover one record: breeding plum. Bird
Goldfinch common resident
Grasshopper warbler rare summer
Great spotted woodpecker common resident
Great tit common resident
Green sandpiper occasional winter
Greenfinch uncommon resident
Grey heron occasional
   
Greylag goose on fields near Bar Mere
Hobby few annual records
House martin scarce summer
House sparrow common resident
Jack snipe Scarce winter
Jackdaw common resident
Jay common resident
Kestrel scarce resident
Lapwing scarce breeder - common winter
Lesser black-backed gull occasional winter
Lesser redpoll scarce resident - mainly winter
Lesser whitethroat scarce summer
Linnet common resident
Little grebe rare
Little owl scarce resident
Little ringed plover one record: two birds August 2018
Long-tailed tit common resident
Magpie common resident
Mallard on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Meadow pipit common winter: passage
Merlin occasional winter
Mistle thrush scarce resident
Moorhen common resident
Nuthatch scarce resident
Osprey one record
Peregrine few annual records
Pheasant common resident
Pied wagtail common small numbers
Pink-footed goose on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Quail rare summer
Raven scarce - now more common
Red kite occasional fly-overs
Red-legged partridge few records
Redstart occasional passage
Redwing common winter
Reed bunting common resident
Ring ouzel scarce passage migrant
Robin common resident
Rook common resident
Sand martin occasional passage
Sedge warbler scarce summer
Short-eared owl three winter records
Siskin scarce
Skylark common resident
Snipe common winter
Song thrush common resident
Sparrowhawk scarce resident
Starling scarce breeder - common winter
Stock dove fairly commom arable fileds
Stonechat regular winter
Swallow common summer
Swift uncommon summer
Tawny owl occasional sightings
Teal on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Tree pipit scarce passage migrant
Tree sparrow scarce breeder - common winter
Treecreeper scarce resident
Water rail one record but annual Bar Mere
Wheatear regular passage large numbers
Whinchat regular passage small numbers
Whitethroat common summer
Wigeon on fields near Bar Mere - winter
Willow warbler occasional summer & passage
Woodpigeon common resident
Wren common resident
Yellow wagtail scarce summer
Yellowhammer scarce resident

Butterflies

Species Rarity on farm
Brimstone Few records
Comma Common
Common blue Common: small numbers
Essex skipper 1st record 20+ September 2019 
Gatekeeper Abundant
Green-veined white Abundant
Holly blue Few records
Large skipper Common
Large white Common
Meadow brown Abundant
Orange tip Common
Painted lady Annual: sometimes large numbers
Peacock Abundant
Red admiral Common
Ringlet Common: increasing
Small copper Common
Small skipper Abundant
Small tortoiseshell Abundant
Small white Abundant
Speckled wood Common

Dragonflies and damselflies

Species Rarity on farm
Azure damselfly Common in all ponds
Banded demoiselle male 22/7/19
Black-tailed skimmer Scarce: fields near Bar Mere
Blue-tailed damselfly Common in all ponds
Broad-bodied chaser Scarce: all ponds
Brown hawker Common  
Common blue damselfly Common in all ponds
Common darter Common in all ponds
Emerald damselfly Common in all ponds
Emperor Common in all ponds
Four-spotted chaser Common in all ponds
Golden-ringed dragonfly One record

Hairy dragonfly

Scarce: field next to Bar Mere
Large red damselfly Common in all ponds
Migrant hawker Common  
Red-eyed damselfly Common: field next to Bar Mere
Ruddy darter Common in all ponds
Southern hawker Common  

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