Lapwing Lane, Moore, Warrington. WA4 6XB
Upper Moss Side is a low lying community woodland on the River Mersey. Popular with birdwatchers, there are two hides overlooking the river and another on the old canal overlooking a new wetland. Feeding stations attract a variety of birds, and of special interest are the large numbers of tree sparrows, yellow hammer and reed bunting. Parking is very limited, and at present tends to be on the roadside near the swing bridge. The Balloon Field, towards the river, is named after the barrage balloons tethered here during World War 2. The brick Balloon Shed is now used by roosting barn owls and nesting swallows.
The area was originally marshland drained by monks from nearby Norton Priory. It was on the route to the river crossing at Fiddlers Ferry hence the St Christopher statue at the Priory www.nortonpriory.org Upon the dissolution of the monastery this site became a part of the Norton Estate, and was historically used for duck shooting, records of which can be found in the Priory Museum.
The Forestry Commission footpaths are suitable for wheelchairs, however, the site is at some distance from parking and other linking paths are not to the same standard.