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Cleaver Heath is a small, 7 acre island of lowland heath fringed with birch and oak woodland on the edge of Heswall. A wide range of birds has been recorded using the Heath, there is a small population of common lizards, and the plant community includes typical heathland grasses as well as heather, bilberry and both the European and rarer western gorse. Badgers, foxes and hares have also been recorded. The Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), has spectacular views across the Dee estuary to the Welsh hills and down to the Point of Ayr.


Management of the Reserve is largely carried out by volunteers, and consists of scrub and bracken clearance to stop the areas of open heath from reverting to woodland, as well as path maintenance and survey work to monitor the lizards and other wildlife using the heath and woodland. The main period of active conservation work is between September and March, when volunteers meet on the first Sunday of each month, but work to control bracken, and to keep paths open also takes place from June to August, while surveying takes place all year round. More volunteers are always welcome.

For further details of activities please email Cleaver Heath Reserve Manager, John McGaw

Open To The Public

Access from Oldfield Road, Heswall


Laying a path

Volunteers meet the first Sunday of each month from September to March.

Tasks include removing non-native shrubs and saplings, maintaining paths, controlling birch to encourage heather and installing, checking and cleaning bird boxes.


See the Events Programme for the date of the next workday.

For more details of activities please email Cleaver Heath Reserve Manager, John McGaw.


For updates about Cleaver Heath, please read our blog.


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