Trentabank Reservoir c. George Bayode

Trentabank Reservoir c. George Bayode

Trentabank Reservoir

Trentabank Reservoir

Heron c. Ben Hall

Heron c. Ben Hall

Species rich coniferous plantation surrounding Trentabank reservoir with a large heronry.

Location

In Macclesfield Forest, partly in the Peak District National Park
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 0NS
A static map of Trentabank Reservoir

Know before you go

Size
17 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Please park in the main visitor centre car park, the short woodland trail and reservior viewpoint is directly opposite.

Walking trails

Apart from the small woodland trail and viewpoint at the reserve, the wider area can be accessed via the forest roads and there are public footpaths onto the adjacent uplands.

Access

There is access to the small woodland trail and heronry viewpoint along the forest road.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Toilets

When to visit

Opening times

The reservoir can be viewed all year round. A visitor centre operated by the local ranger service may be open on selected weekends. The reservoir itself can only be accessed by permit only

Best time to visit

Spring and Summer

About the reserve

On the doorstep of the Peak District, Trentabank reservoir and the surrounding conifer plantations of Macclesfield Forest are owned by United Utilities and supply the town of Macclesfield with drinking water. Although a working environment, Trentabank and the forests are a haven for wildlife, and the Trust manages a small area of woodland with commanding views across the reservoir.

Perhaps best known for its heronry (thought to be the largest in the Peak District with over 20 breeding pairs), the reserve is also a great place to seek out ravens and birds of prey. Stately red deer are shy residents of the forest, but can often be seen drinking from the reservoir in early morning.

Changing water levels occasionally expose the reservoir banks, which become a popular feeding ground for small wading birds including common sandpiper, green sandpiper and little ringed plover. Flocks of crossbills are regularly seen feeding in the tree tops whilst in winter visitors including goldeneye and goosander join the resident water birds.

Contact us

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