New Ferry Butterfly Park is an urban nature reserve that was developed on the former site of a railway goods yard, coal yard and water softening plant at Bebington and New Ferry Station. The reserve occupies 4.94 acres (2 hectares) and is a Site of Biological Importance. There are acidic, calcareous, nutrient poor & nutrient rich grasslands reflecting the different industrial substrates of the past. In addition there are two ponds, hedgerows, scrub, hazel coppice, artefacts of the brick-
Acidic grasslands developed on the coal dust areas, these are dominated by common bent, sheep's sorrel & bird's foot trefoil. Calcareous grasslands developed from lime waste of water softening plant these provide species rich flora with plenty of nectar sources. On thin nutrient poor soils, which overlie old railway track beds, carpets of bird's-
26 species of butterfly have been recorded here with 16 species breeding on site. Other interest is in the lower pond with smooth newts, water scorpions, and dragonfly nymphs. Thick-
A local committee runs the park. We are always looking for help in managing the park every second Sunday in the month in the winter (September–April) and wardening every Sunday in the summer (May-
May to Mid-
Usually 12 -
We do not open if the weather is very wet as all the minibeasts go into hiding. Contact Paul by email or phone Hilary on 0151 327 5923 to check before you visit.
Access from Howell Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH62 5BJ.
O.S. Grid Ref SJ 33385
The reserve is adjacent to Bebington Station car park.
There is a small amount of disability parking on site and plenty of parking in New Ferry.
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