Ellesmere Heronwatch


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The island was created in 1812 from spoil dug out from Ellesmere House gardens when the road was constructed. The Victorians once used the island as a picnic area, though now people cannot gain access to it.

The herons nest in the tops of the trees on Moscow Island, right in front of the Boathouse Visitor Centre, which lies on the edge of the Mere, and gives perfect views across to the island.


There are as many as 20 pairs of herons every year.

Moscow Island

Ellesmere Heronwatch is an indoor all-weather attraction suitable for people of all ages and abilities, and it's free. Most of the time, a Heronwatch Volunteer is on hand to help.  Ask them anything you like!


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(Aerial photograph coutesy of Google Earth)

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