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Wetlands | Woolston Eyes

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Woolston Eyes is a superb wetland habitat which lies next to the Manchester Ship Canal and is virtually right underneath the M6 motorway.

This relatively new reserve was created in the early 1980's. It's a great place for bird watching, boasting elusive species such as the Black necked Grebe.

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Wetlands are an absolute must for any self-respecting lover of nature. They are fantastically rich in wildlife with star species including otters and birds.

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  • Get involved in wetland bird watching, spot an otter and go pond dipping for a great day out for the whole family.

Woolston - Visitor Guide


Woolston Eyes, near Warrington, Cheshire.

Postcode WA1 4
e-mailApply via the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group
Location map: Woolston Eyes location maps
Ordnance Survey:ST448396
Key attractions:

Bird watching.

Essential kit:

Bring walking boots or Wellingtons as the site can be very muddy. Pond dipping - take a net and dipping kit.


Binoculars for bird watching. Bird book.

Nature watching:

Birding - try out the great hide on the far side of the reserve.

Remember to keep to the designated paths.


Spring flowers - the Snake's Head Fritillary.

Getting there:

Located just off junction 20 of the M6. Two miles from Warrington.


Car parking is restricted to the Lane - do not obstruct driveways or turnings.

Opening times:

Open year round.


A public footpath runs from the end of Weir Lane to Thelwall Lane. Access to other parts of the reserve is restricted to permit holders who can make use of the hides.


Apply via the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group


Woolston Eyes is open to the public throughout the year free of charge. However for group visits and to get onto the islands you'll need to book in advance - the cost is £8 per person.

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