Woolston Eyes

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Woolston Eyes
Woolston Eyes nature reserve main hide.jpg
Woolston Eyes, showing the main bird hide (erected c. 2010/11)
LocationWarrington, England
Coordinates53°23′32″N 2°30′51″W / 53.39222°N 2.51417°W / 53.39222; -2.51417Coordinates: 53°23′32″N 2°30′51″W / 53.39222°N 2.51417°W / 53.39222; -2.51417
StatusSite of Special Scientific Interest

Woolston Eyes is a Site of Special Scientific Interest located in the town of Warrington, England, alongside the Manchester Ship Canal.[1] The eyes themselves are used for the deposition of dredgings from the Ship Canal under a Waste Management Licence issued by the Environment Agency.

The Woolston Eyes Conservation Group manages the site as a nature reserve with access by permit only.[2]

It is the premier UK site for breeding black-necked grebes, as well as hosting a wide range of other bird species.

Woolston Eyes Conservation Group, a voluntary organisation formed in 1979, manages the rich and varied wildlife of the deposit grounds with the agreement of the Manchester Ship Canal Company.[3] Its aim is to promote the study and conservation of the wildlife and habitat of the area with particular regard to the ornithology. The group undertakes management work to preserve or maximise the ornithological value of the Reserve, provides and maintains hides for the use of the public and permit holders, keeps the paths open and discourages disturbance. The group produces an Annual Report which summarises the work carried out and the results obtained including the scientific study of the flora and fauna of the Reserve. To carry out this work the group raises funds by the sale of Permits, Annual Reports and by applying for grants from various organisations.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 109 Manchester (Bolton & Warrington) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231555.
  2. ^ "Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve". www.woolstoneyes.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Woolston Eyes: Who are we?". www.woolstoneyes.com. Retrieved 23 March 2016.

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