Know before you go
Not suitable for wheelchair users.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring 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.