Moore Nature Reserve
Moore Nature Reserve comprises almost 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds and is home to many diverse species of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife. The nature reserve is well known for its varied bird life and many interesting birds can be found either as year-round residents or seasonal visitors.
Colin's Seat - Image courtesy of www.charlesward.com
Throughout the seasons a variety of wildlife can be found. Spring and summer bring a host of wonderful wildflowers including many orchids, and a large array of dragonflies. In autumn many fantastic fungi can be found.
Moore Nature Reserve is also a great place to take a walk in the countryside. Our paths, benches and bird hides make exploring the site enjoyable for everybody.
Schools, colleges and universities use the site as an educational resource, and guided walks and other assistance can be provided by the wardens. Volunteer groups carry out practical conservation work and wildlife monitoring to assist in the continuing good management of the reserve. A programme of events has been set up to help everybody become involved and learn about the wildlife and history of Moore Nature Reserve.
Moore Nature Reserve is situated between the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. The 200-acre site has been managed as a nature reserve since 1991, after being used as farmland and for sand quarrying. Today the reserve can boast five large lakes surrounded by extensive woodland, meadows and wetlands, made accessible by a network of paths and bird hides.
An enchanting place for everyone with an interest in nature and an attractive place in which to walk and enjoy the peaceful countryside.
Moore Nature Reserve is managed by wardens employed by FCC Environment, operators of nearby Arpley Landfill site. Arpley Landfill began operating in 1988 and covers more than 500 acres. The landfill is being restored to a mix of woodland and grassland and, together with Moore Nature Reserve, will eventually provide an important public amenity and area of rich biodiversity on the edge of what is a busy, and growing urban area.