Cleaver Heath c. Andrew Walmsley

Cleaver Heath c. Andrew Walmsley

Cleaver Heath

Cleaver Heath

Willow warbler

Willow warbler

Common blue

Common blue

Cleaver Heath and Dee Estuary c. Claire Huxley

Cleaver Heath and Dee Estuary c. Claire Huxley

A heathland with views out across the Dee Estuary towards north Wales, great for reptiles and butterflies.

Location

Oldfield Road,
Heswall
Cheshire
CH60 6SG
A static map of Cleaver Heath

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Walking trails

Footpaths run throughout the reserve

Access

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

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to September

About the reserve

With stunning views sweeping across the Dee estuary, Cleaver Heath is an important heathland on the Wirral and the perfect reserve for an evening stroll at sunset.

A carpet of purple shades of heather and bright yellow gorse in summer is bissected by a footpath running lengthways through the reserve. To the east of the path the ground is dominated by mature heather, with sphagnum mosses also present.

A recent heath fire has created a large area of bare ground to the west of the reserve, and the vibrant green shoots of new growth are already bursting through the charred earth. The surrounding woodland is dominated by birch and oak, along with rowan and holly. 

Common lizards enjoy basking on the sandy paths, whilst butterflies and a range of birds can be discovered in the surrounding woodlands.

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)