Nature conservation: a balance

Golden Beech Leaves in their Autumn Glory

Alderley Edge is a wooded escarpment offering variety and interest including woodland, meadows, sandy soils, rock outcrops and wet habitats. Looking after this historic landscape is balanced with nature conservation.

Bird watching at Alderley Edge

At Alderley Edge, you'll no doubt hear and see a variety of birds. The woods provide a home and food supply but we also have well stocked feeding stations, resulting in frequent visits from our feathered friends.

Discover the woodland

Our woods were originally part of an extensive Oak Forest covering Cheshire and most of the British Isles. In fact we've approximately 100 notable trees here at Alderley Edge for you to see whilst out enjoying a walk.

Butterflies on Alderley Edge

A Common Blue Butterfly spreads its wings in the summer sun.

A Common Blue Butterfly spreads its wings in the summer sun.

Do you know that there are some 20 species of Butterfly to be found on Alderley Edge?

Butterfly Booklet

If you would like more information on the butterflies at Alderley Edge, a booklet can be purchased from our recruiter most Wednesdays and Sundays in the National Trust car park.


A Frog surveys life from the pond

Ponds, flooded marl pits and mine workings, can be found dotted around Alderley Edge.


Spawning time on the reserve

Cheshire has the densest pond landscape in lowland Britain and these wetland areas are a significant addition to our biodiversity.

Pond life

Female banded demoiselle damselfly

Many species of amphibians and invertebrates (newts, frogs, dragonflies and damselflies) live in these increasingly endangered habitats and their conservation is of prime importance.