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Welcome to the Friends of Rivacre Valley website.

Hoping to educate, inspire and encourage local people to visit Rivacre Valley and help our Local Nature Reserve to thrive.

We work in partnership with CWaC Council, charities, wildlife enthusiasts and other local organisations to assist with maintenance and conservation efforts in our local nature reserve.


This website was created as a space for us to share information and updates about Rivacre Valley. We hope to educate, inspire and encourage local people to come to enjoy the Reserve and get involved with conservation efforts.

A huge thank you to Ellesmere Port Round Table for providing the funds to cover the cost of running this site for the whole of 2022!



Unless stated otherwise, all of the photos you see featured on this site were taken by local people and visitors to Rivacre Valley, who have kindly given their permission for them to be displayed. For a chance for your photos to be featured, simply share them to our Facebook group or send them via email.

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Photo by Alf Bailey (2019)


Photo by Hannah Suckley (2021)

Our Local Wildlife Haven


Rivacre Valley is a beautiful Reserve of 395 acres (160 hectares), situated on the edge of the industrial town of Ellesmere Port. The meandering Rivacre Brook runs through a mixture of ancient woodland and grassy meadows, tied together through a network of bridges and trails.


The land has been owned and managed by the Council since 1988, and was given Local Nature Reserve status in 1994. Protection was granted to over 300 acres of the Reserve in 2013 by Fields in Trust under their Queen Elizabeth II Fields scheme.

Rivacre Valley is a wildlife haven, supporting a diverse range of animals and plants. Check out our gallery for photos and our wildlife page for the complete list of around 100 species of birds including owls, kingfishers and cuckoos. Visit in late April to admire the brightly coloured carpets of bluebells that form on the slopes.

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