Welcome to the Gorse Covert Mounds which is a wonderful area for wildlife and recreation on the edge of Birchwood, Warrington. The site is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust and has an active Friends Group who are responsible for this website. If you are interested in keeping up-to-date with our activities please come along to one of our meetings or events and you can register for our e-newsletter if you want updates delivered to your mail box.
We have a wonderful array of wildlife in a diverse habitat as well as views to Manchester and the West Pennine moors (on a good day). The site forms an important wildlife corridor to other areas, including Risley Moss (SSSI) and benefits greatly from those areas. The mounds are used daily by many locals for exercise and dog walking and less frequently by many other people from other places. The Friends Group would like to welcome everyone to enjoy the site and simply ask that users respect the needs of others and take their litter home.
The site can be accessed from a number of places including a bridleway to the north on Silver Lane and from a small car park in Gorse Covert (circled on the map).
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The results of the 2012 Wildlife Survey have been compiled into a report which can now be found under Wildlife menu heading. A pond survey is currently ongoing and we will be heading out to record more bats in August (see events page).