Bridge at Doffcocker lodge Bolton

Doffcocker Lodge – Boltons First Nature Reserve

Doffcocker lodge is a small area of land and water that is less than a quarter of a square mile and in 1992 became Bolton’s first local nature reserve, the reed-bed and species of bird-life on this site have a been known to have great biological importance. This reserve was built on a now disused reservoir built in 1874.

The name Doffcocker comes from the Celtic meaning black or dark winding stream.

Work has commenced to restore the reed-bed habitat by growing the reeds from the excising roots off site and then replanting them at Doffcocker lodge when the reeds became more mature to minimize grazing.

read Repair at the lodge

What birds should you see here whilst going for a walk!

Other than the usual birds like, ducks, geese and swans, the top attraction at the lodge are the common Tens, these birds have had a successful time breeding here, this make Doorknocker lodge one of a few places in the Manchester area were these birds will breed.

You can also keep an eye out for the courtship dance of the Great Crested Grebe and the parent birds carrying their young on their backs! Reed Bunting

This site has also been known to be visited by the rare Slavonian Grebes.

The reed-bed at this site is so important because of the very rare and red listed Reed Bunting because of their population decline.

Summertime at the lodge you should also see Reed and Sedge Warblers both these birds spend time in winter in Africa then arrive back to Doffcocker by flying over the Sahara desert!

Doffcocker Lodge also boasts a number of birds of prey which include Sparrow hawk, Buzzard and Kestrel, Owls are often seen even during the day as the have been seen perched on fence tops.

Access can be gained from Old Kiln Road, the southern end of Moss Bank Way, or from the car park off Chorley Old Road.

Off Chorley Old Road