Risley Moss

Explore Risley Moss 

Risley Moss is a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll at any time of the year. With a visitor centre, Boggart sculpture trail, boardwalk through the peat bog and plenty of picnic opportunities! 

This ex-industrial site of scientific interest (SSSI) is perfect for spotting wildlife. Lizards, dragonflies and a variety of birds love it here! Join the Warrington ranger team on guided walks or self-guide yourself using the fascinating interpretation boards. This site is home to rare plants like the carnivorous Sundew, Sphagnum mosses and delicate Bog Cranberries.

Spot heritage features as you explore with this wildlife haven once being peat extracted for fuel and parts of the site being utilised by the war-time Birchwood ammunition factories.  

This project has created the boardwalk across the mini moss and enhanced the peat bog habitat with hydrological works.

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To discover the new family-friendly and wheelchair accessible "Risley Moss Nature Trail" visit 


and see if you can find a boggart.

Useful info 

This nature reserve boasts a vast visitor centre with classroom space for hire, toilets including a separate disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. Ramped entrances make this site perfect for pushchair or wheelchair users and an onsite car park makes it perfect for a day out. There are bird hides on site for keen wildlife watchers and a new observation tower is coming soon! 

Dogs allowed but please keep on leads to help local wildlife.  

Opening times 

Mon-Thurs: 9am - 5pm | Weekend and Bank Holidays (Oct to Mar): 9am - 5pm | Weekend and Bank Holidays (Apr to Sep): 10am - 6pm | Closed: Fridays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 


Risley Moss Visitor Centre, Birchwood, Ordnance Avenue, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6QX

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