Pickering's Scrape pasture

Pickering's Scrape pasture

Pickering's Scrape

Pickering's Scrape

Redshank c. Derek Moore

Redshank c. Derek Moore

Pickering's Scrape

A small brackish pond with a small number of waders and wildfowl.


1 mile east of Hale, on the banks of the River Mersey
A static map of Pickering's Scrape

Know before you go

0 hectares

Entry fee



Not suitable for wheelchair users.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring to Summer

About the reserve

Pickering’s Scrape is a small brackish pool with 3 small islands.  It is part of the Pickering’s Pasture Local Nature Reserve and lies on the salt marsh and bank of the River Mersey.  At high tide the scrape is a favoured feeding and roosting site for small numbers of waders and wildfowl, as they retreat from the inundated River Mersey.  Visiting species include lapwing, little ringed plover, redshank, greenshank, snipe, shelduck and teal.  Peregrine and merlin can often be seen hunting overhead.  To the west of the pool lies a small reedbed, and to the north is a wooded area which conceals a bird hide.  Hale Marsh is private land with no public access, but the scrape and its surrounding salt marsh can be viewed from the hide.  The grassland surrounding Pickering’s Scrape is close-cropped as a result of the constant grazing by geese.

Contact us

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