Bateswood: 61 acres of grassland and pools with impressive views over the Cheshire plain.

The small pools and wet areas provide habitats for insects and amphibians. One pool supports a colony of newts, including great crested newts which are an important species and are protected by law. With the absence of fish in many of the pools there are relatively few predators of the diverse aquatic insects and their larvae.

The reserve is perhaps most notable for its population of skylarks, and this site represents a stronghold for the species in Staffordshire. Their song is unmistakable during spring and summer. Other birds are beginning to use the site too and dash lapwings have begun breeding in small numbers.

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Staffordshire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Travelling west on the A525 take the minor road on the right just before Madeley Heath (signposted Leycett and Alsagers Bank). After just over a mile, as you take a right hand bend, you will see a house perched above a small track on the left. Follow the track to a gate on the right hand side. This is padlocked but the combination is available by phoning the Trust. The Trusts parking area is through this gate and approximately 1/4 mile along the tarmacced road on the left.


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