Knutsford Heath nature reserve

Knutsford Heath nature reserve

Knutsford Heath nature reserve

Knutsford Heath Nature Reserve

Knutsford Heath

An area of lowland heath

Location

Next to A5033 on the edge of Knutsford
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 0ND
A static map of Knutsford Heath

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

No

Access

Yes

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Summer

About the reserve

Knutsford Heath is a reserve comprised of a mosaic of habitats, including broadleaved woodland, scrub, heathland and grassland. The heathland is limited to a small area to the centre of the reserve. This depression in the ground is dominated by heather, wavy hair grass and common bent. An area of bare, sandy ground is also present, and here young heather is in its pioneer stage and shows signs of colonisation.

A large stand of European gorse found to the south and west of this basin also appears to be encroaching. Much of the reserve is covered in dry, semi-natural broadleaved woodland. Dominant species include English oak, sessile oak and silver birch. An understory of willow, elder and rowan is locally dense, and this is reflected in the ground flora with large areas of bare ground found in the heavily shaded areas. Elsewhere, wavy-hair grass, red fescue, rosebay willowherb and bramble dominate the more open areas.

Contact us

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