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Abram Flash

A site with a mosaic of habitats, including mossland, wet grassland, reedbed, fen and open water; forms part of the Wigan Flash

Abram Flash is a 7.3 ha site consisting of a mosaic of habitats including mossland (lowland raised bog), wet grassland, reedbed, fen and open water, and forms part of the Wigan Flashes. The site is of particular interest for breeding waterfowl including mute swan, mallard, tufted duck, pochard, garganey, shoveler, gadwall and ruddy duck. Yellow wagtails and waders such as lapwing, snipe and redshank breed in the wet grassland, itself a nationally declining habitat, whilst characteristic birds of swamp and fen such as reed bunting, reed warbler and sedge warbler are also present. The site is also locally important for wintering waterfowl which use the whole Wigan Flashes complex, and can provide valuable feeding and roosting habitat for migrant waders such as greenshank, ruff and dunlin. Water voles are also known to occur on site.

 

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Nearby nature reserves

Wigan Flashes Local Nature Reserve
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Highfield Moss
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Astley Moss
6 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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Reserve information

Location
6km south east of Wigan and 3km east of Ashton-in-Makerfield
Wigan
Lancashire
Map reference
SD 612 002
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
7.30 hectares
Access
Permit required

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Walking information
The site has difficult access due to the steep banks leading down from the adjacent canal, so care must be taken
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Mark Champion
Tel: 01942 233976
mchampion@lancswt.org.uk