NEW footpaths leading to a nature reserve near Ellesmere Port have been opened to the public by Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
A total of 3km of permissive paths have been installed for public use at the Gowy Meadows nature reserve in Thornton-le-Moors which will allow better access to the wetland site.
The footpaths will also enable people to be able to visit parts of the 165-hectare nature reserve that were previously out of bounds to the public.
Two information boards and waymarkers will help to guide visitors along the route, which includes views of wildflowers, dragonflies and rare water voles.
The project, a key element of the long-term management of Gowy Meadows, has been achieved with funding support from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental) and Wirral Footpaths and Open Spaces Society.
Living Landscape manager for the trust, Richard Gardner, said: “The Gowy and Mersey Washlands is an important network of habitats for species such as lapwing, water voles and otters, but just as important are the people who live, work and shape the landscape in the local area.
“We hope visitors will enjoy seeing this massive expanse of floodplain grazing marsh from new angles and watching the variety of wildlife found there and, of course, our all-important longhorn cattle who help keep the reserve in tip-top condition.”