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Ranger Service Cheshire East Countryside Country Park Habitat
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Before Christmas, contractors were installing a new bridge between 2 of the fields at Macclesfield Riverside Park. This new bridge is now complete and is considerably stronger. This replacement ensures that the Bollin Valley Partnership can continue to access the area as required for conservation and cattle management.
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Site highlight: Astbury Mere Country Park. Occupying the site of a former sand quarry. The site encompasses 14ha of open space, just ten minutes walk from Congleton town centre, with paths linking into the local countryside http://bit.ly/2jYTCbY
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Site highlight: Lindow Common SSSI, Wilmslow. One of only a few small areas of lowland heath in Cheshire. As well as areas of heath, visitors can enjoy the other habitats, which add to the Common’s richness – a fringe of woodland, wet mires & Black Lake. http://bit.ly/2IajdJR
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Due to the imminent shutdown of consumer Google+ the Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service will no longer be posting updates to these pages. You can continue to get our latest updates by following us on Twitter (@CECrangers) Facebook (facebook.com/CECRangers) and Instagram (@CECRangers).
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We've had a few chillier days of late at our Cheshire East countryside sites and Ranger Mark got this lovely crisp and frosty photo one recent morning at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.
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Even in mid-winter signs of spring can be found. It’s not all that uncommon to find Red Campion flowering in the winter months, but this lovely one was found just before Christmas on the Borrow Pit Meadows. Spring isn’t all that far away really? :-) Although there is still a lot of winter to come.
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Recently Pete and the volunteers coppiced an area of woodland at Jacksons’ Brickworks Local Nature Reserve in Higher Poynton. The coppicing (cutting at the base and allowing to regrow) is carried out in the woodland on a ten year rotation. Sunlight bursts into the new clearing bringing vigour to the ground flora and providing abundant nectar for the insects including the wide range of butterflies. The fresh coppice growth gives both fantastic cover for ground nesting birds and a large biomass of leaves, which feed caterpillars and other insects.
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Last chance to book your tickets to join Moorland Adventure at Tegg's Nose Country Park on Tuesday 15th of January to brush up on your map reading skills - https://bit.ly/2FtbqJ2. An evening Navigation for Walkers NNAS course. Book your tickets ASAP.
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With high winds forecast for the next 24 hours please take care when exploring our countryside sites particularly in woodland areas.
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Site highlight: Biddulph Valley Way. For over 100 years trains travelled along the Biddulph Valley Way carrying coal from the Potteries to Congleton. Today walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoy this tranquil route away from the roads.
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