Hatchmere

Come and swim at the mere

Hatchmere is a Nature Reserve but swimming is permitted in the designated swim zone.

Swimming is permitted at Hatchmere in a designated zone that is indicated by markers on the far bank. The swim area is V-shaped with the centre red and white post easily aimed for, the Southern and Northern posts are harder to spot and are obscured by vegetation in the Spring and Summer.

Swimming rules

1. No Inflatables

No sunbeds, toys or other such inflatable allowed other than swimming aids such as arm bands and tow floats.

2. No Water Craft

No rigid or inflatable water craft allowed, so no type of canoe, dinghy or kayak allowed. No motorised craft allowed such as motorboat or jet ski. No radio controlled craft.

3. Swim In The Designated Swimzone

Swimming is permitted at Hatchmere in a designated zone that is indicated by markers on the far bank. The swim area is V-shaped with the red and white centre post easily aimed for, the Southern and Northern posts are harder to spot and are obscured by vegetation in the Spring and Summer.

Hatchmere Nature Reserve

Hatchmere comprises a variety of habitats, including open water, fen carr and dry woodland. Hatchmere nature reserve covers 12.6 hectares (31 acres). It lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and is managed by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

There were several campaigns to maintain public access to the lake after it was bought by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust in 1998. Initially the Trust fenced off the only access point to the lake suitable for swimmers. A pressure group, the Friends of Hatchmere, was formed, and eventually the Wildlife Trust backed down and agreed to allow swimming in the lake. Angling is also permitted on the lake under the membership of Prince Albert Angling Society and anglers have purpose-built platforms where they have to fish from which each requires a key provided by the society. Fish present in the lake include Beam, Tench, Pike, Roach as well as some breeds of Carp.

Take a short circular walk around the mere.

There is a 2km walk around Hatchmere. Take a walk along this delightful trail and enjoy a variety of habitats shaped over thousands of years. Wet heathland, wet woodland, reed beds and drier deciduous woodland all connect together to provide habitats for specialist and rare species of plants and animals.

Hatchmere is home to many birds including the beautiful great crested grebe. Reed bunting and willow warbler also nest among the common reed and lesser reed mace that almost encircle the mere. Up to 13 species of dragonflyand damselfly having been recorded on the reserve, including the rare hairy dragonfly and the variable damselfly. There are deep boggy pools hidden in the vegetation, so it is as well to keep to the path and watch where you put your feet.

 

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