Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve
Once a brick quarry, Rixton Claypits was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1996 and is now a Special Area for Conservation (S.A.C.), mostly because Great Crested newts breed there. Since 1979 the meadows have been a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I) because of the rich mix of wild plants.
The site covers some 80 acres and is a wildlife haven where both the keen naturalist and casual visitor will find things of interest. Easy to follow and well maintained paths take you to ponds, pits, wildflower meadows, quiet corners and woodland. Bridges and boardwalks enable visitors to have improved access to the Reserve. Information boards near ponds and viewing platforms throughout the conservation area depict the wildlife and plants you may see on site.
Their are several way-marked trails, of differing lengths, all starting from the Claypits Visitors’ Centre on site. During the winter months it is recommended to wear wellingtons or walking boots. During the summer months application of insect repellent is advised, particularly through July and August. Information leaflets on the Reserve and walks can be picked up from the Visitor’s Centre or by visiting the Warrington Borough Council’s (WBC) website and clicking on the Parks link.
A map of the Claypits is available to download – see resources below.
WBC became responsible for the management of the Claypits in 1986. The Rangers are responsible for the upkeep of the Reserve and also organise community events and work closely with schools, uniform and voluntary groups.
How to find Rixton Claypits (WA3 6EB):
By Car: follow Manchester Road (A57) out of Woolston, past both M6 roundabouts. Travel about 2 miles, passing the diner until the turning for the Visitors Centre about 400yds further on the left. The car park is 120yds further along on the left.
By Bus: the No.100 bus from Warrington stops on Manchester Road near Moat Lane.
The Carbon landscape scheme (funded by the National Lottery ) is fully underway. The project entitled 'Newtopia', although aimed at improving the site for the ... more
Rixton Claypits Rangers have been busy cutting back vegetation from some of the paths and tracks and carrying out woodland edge and meadow management for species ... more
On the 30th September 2017 the Rangers had a visit from the Culcheth Cub pack, who helped them with some coppicing work as part of their Conservation badge. This ... more
The morning sun shone in a clear blue sky and leaves were glistening with frost as 67 people gathered at Rixton Claypits Visitors' Centre to join in a guided Winter walk ... more
Rixton Claypits Rangers have been busy as always managing the Nature Reserve - here's an update. Following on from the success of the summer grazing, the Rangers are ... more