Black Firs Wood nature reserve

Black Firs Wood nature reserve

Black Firs Wood

Black Firs Wood nature reserve

Black Firs Christmas Trail

Black Firs Christmas Trail

A woodland reserve with small ponds

Location

Off Black Firs Lane, Somerford
Congleton
Cheshire
CW12 4QQ
Congleton
Cheshire
CW12 4QQ
A static map of Black Firs Wood

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Access

No public access

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

No public access

Best time to visit

No public access

About the reserve

This 1.15ha (2.8 acre) woodland – gifted to the Trust in 1991 – is dominated by birch and oak underplanted with hazel, holly and guelder rose. The site has a circular footpath that is accessible for all, passing two ponds hand-dug around the year 2000 and more recently re-profiled in 2016.

The woodland is flat and lies on a thin covering of peat, over sand. Alder and willow can be found in the wetter areas. The site’s western boundary (the length of the original boundary) has been planted up with native hedgerow species, which include hawthorn, blackthorn and guelder rose.

In Cheshire much of our remaining ancient woodland is in narrow, steep-sided valleys known as ‘cloughs’. Cotterill Clough is one of Cheshire's best examples, and located to the west of Manchester Airport, this is one of our oldest nature reserves. It was purchased in 1934 from funds raised by public subscription for a memorial to T.A. Coward, a famous Cheshire naturalist (1867-1933).

Three distinct zones exist within the woodland. The first of these occurs on the plateau edge where the canopy is dominated by birch, pedunculated oak and sycamore. As you descend down the steep valley sides this grades into ash-wych elm woodland with a staggeringly diverse ground flora that includes ramsons, dog’s mercury, bluebells, wood anemone, lesser celandine and black bryony. Finally, the valley floor supports species more tolerant of the damper soil conditions including Alder and Willow species. Here the damp conditions allow ferns, mosses and liverworts to flourish alongside the flowering plants.

Regretfully, due to the unsafe nature of the site infrastructure and large amounts of standing deadwood that we would like to preserve, the reserve is now closed to the public.

Contact us

Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01948 820728
Contact email: info@cheshirewt.org.uk

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