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Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve

At Chorlton Ees, a network of trails winds through meadows, woodland and rough grassland.  You will come across well-established ponds hidden amongst the trees and may find the unusual adders tongue fern amongst the greenery.

A brick walkway betrays the history of Chorlton Ees. For over a century, the site was the old Withington sewage works; and the walkway was once one of the sewage channels. When the sewage works were closed in 1972, the site was restored under a government scheme called ‘operation eyesore’ which was set up to reclaim derelict land.

The mosaic of different habitats supports a diverse range of bird species, which makes the area an established bird watching spot. Flocks of goldfinch, linnet, greenfinch, redpoll and siskin flit between the trees on the grassland, whilst herons, reed bunting, whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff and goldcrest are all known to breed at Chorlton Ees.

One of the Mersey Valley’s 5 Health Walks takes you through the woodlands at Chorlton Ees. Follow the signs, which will take you on a circular route of about a mile in length. The well-surfaced paths are accessible to wheelchairs and push chairs; and there are no unexpected steep hills. You will find benches situated at intervals along the route should you need to rest a while, or you just want to sit and enjoy the countryside.

Chorlton Ees is on the North side of the river across from Sale Water Park. It can be reached by car from the end of the cobbled road off Brookburn Road in Chorlton. It can be accessed by foot or bicycle from the Trans Pennine Trail down stream from Jackson’s boat bridge or from the footbridges crossing the brook at Ivy green.

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