Moore Nature Reserve occupies over 180 acres between the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey adjacent to the Arpley Landfill site. Originally an area of farmland, scrub and woodland, it has been managed as a nature reserve by wardens employed by Waste Recycling Group Limited since 1991. Five lakes have been created as well as several other smaller ponds, grasslands and reed beds.
Information provided by Warrington Borough Council
Additional information, photos and captions Copyright © Gordon I Gandy
The area has long been known for its bird-life, with a good variety of wildfowl as well as many woodland and farmland birds. The reserve has several hides overlooking most of the pools and a woodland feeding station.
The nearby tip also attracts masses of gulls, many of which visit the reserve pools to bathe. Thorough examination of gull flocks may reveal rare visitors as well as the more usual species.
The site has also a varied mammal population. Foxes are seen regularly, Brown Hare can be seen on local farmland and several water bodies hold numbers of Water Vole. At least six species of bat have been recorded. Recently there has been increasing evidence of Muntjak deer and possible Polecat on site.
One of the five lakes in the nature reserve
The site also supports 22 species of butterfly including Brimstone and Purple Hairstreak and 16 species of dragonfly including Emperor, Migrant Hawker and Black-tailed Skimmer. Grid Ref : SJ 570852.
The route of the former Runcorn and Latchford Canal runs through part of the nature reserve.
So now let’s have a virtual walk around the reserve.
How to get there:
Take the A56 (Chester road) from Warrington or the M56 J11, and turn off at the traffic lights signposted Moore near the Walton Arms pub. From Moore village turn right into Moore Lane, over the Manchester Ship Canal and into Lapwing Lane.
See Warrington Borough Council’s website for latest information on the green spaces around the town.
Check with Warrington’s Own Buses for up-to-date information on bus timetables.
Moore Nature Reserve is north of the marker on the map over the Manchester Ship Canal.