Now a haven for skylarks and lapwing, the reserve is part of a former opencast mine workings and didn't exist 10 years ago!
A spring visit is the best time to hear the unmistakable call of the skylarks
Dodge the dragonflies - or watch as they dart around you on a hot summer's day
Reclaimed by wildlife
Since mining activities stopped the reserve has become a haven for a wide range of species. Perhaps most notable for its population of skylarks, their song is unmistakable during spring and summer. Other birds are beginning to use the site too and lapwings have begun breeding in small numbers. The young trees and scrub provide homes and song perches for small birds such as chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and wren.
The small pools and wet, marshy areas provide homes for insects and amphibians. With the absence of fish in many of the pools there are relatively few predators of the diverse aquatic insects and their larvae, which are able to thrive in large numbers. Over 13 species of dragonfly have been recorded to date and if you sit quietly on a warm sunny day and you may find yourself becoming a temporary perch for foraging dragonflies! One pool supports a colony of newts, including great crested newts which are an important species and are protected by law.
How to get there
Travelling west on the A525 take the minor road on the right just before Madeley Heath (signposted Leycett & Alsagers Bank). After just over a mile, as you take a right hand bend, you will see a house perched above a small track on the left. Follow the track to a gate on the right hand side.
This is padlocked but the combination is available by phoning the Trust. The Trust's parking area is through this gate and approximately ¼ mile along the tarmacced road on the left.
Parking & Access
There is a circular trail from the parking area at the top of the plateau around the lower parts of the reserve. The track is hard surfaced along the plateau to 2 viewing butts. The track away from the plateau is unsurfaced and there are some steep slopes, timber boardwalks and steps.
73 acres / 29.6 hectares
Other Nearby Reserves
Whilst you're in the area, why not explore a few more of our nature reserves?
Do’s & Dont’s
The plateau is fenced for grazing and we ask visitors not to walk across this area. This means that we can leave this area undisturbed for breeding lapwing and skylarks.