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Hatchmere Lake, by Delamere Forest, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), began as a kettle hole, formed by a detached mass of glacial ice melted in situ towards the end of the last ice age. There are several kettle holes in area of the forest. Some are flooded as at Hatchmere, whilst others are dry or contain peat mosses.


The lake is a nature reserve, now in the care of Cheshire Wildlife Trust and is an important breeding ground for many bird species, great crested grebe, mute swan, the red data, reed bunting and the willow warbler can all be seen at Hatchmere. At least 13 species of dragonfly and damselfly have been recorded, including the nationally notable hairy dragonfly and the variable damselfly. Hatchmere is also home to a small population of common lizards and is one of the most important breeding grounds in the country for the common toad.

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Delamere Forest