Black Lake c. Colin Hayes

Black Lake c. Colin Hayes

Black Lake c. Andrew Walmsley

Black Lake c. Andrew Walmsley

Black Lake c. Andrew Walmsley

Black Lake c. Andrew Walmsley

Black Lake c. Andrew Walmsley

Black Lake c. Andrew Walmsley

Green hairstreak at Black Lake c. Chris Meredith

Green hairstreak at Black Lake c. Chris Meredith

Black Lake

Black Lake

A small pool and associated bog with a variety of insects and spiders.

Location

Within Delamere Forest, south of the Chester to Manchester railway
Delamere
Cheshire
WA6 6NB
A static map of Black Lake

Know before you go

Size
0 hectares

Entry fee

No

Walking trails

Please keep to margin of reserve as the sphagnum raft that covers a large part of the lake is very delicate and there is deep water beneath.

Access

Access is limited, but may be possible for those with suitable mobility assisted equipment

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Summer

About the reserve

Nestling in the heart of the Delamere Forest, Black Lake is haven for dragonflies and damselflies, from the impressive hawkers, to delicate darters and the chaser dragonflies. The lake is a small pool and associated bog lying in a natural depression in the land. An example of early ‘schwingmoor’ or floating bog development, over half of the pool is covered by a delicate sphagnum ‘raft’.  On the outer most regions of the raft, associated bog flora is dominant above the carpet of sphagnum, with scattered saplings and young trees found throughout.  These invasive trees become waterlogged as they increase in weight, when they eventually fall through the sphagnum raft and die.  This natural process helps prevent the bog from becoming woodland. Why not take a few moments to sit on the edge of the pool and look out for some of Black Lake’s aerial acrobats?  

PLEASE NOTE: As some of our reserves are in remote or rural locations, Sat Nav and postcodes may not be accurate or immediate proximity to the reserve entrance.

Contact us

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