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Hatchmere is a small lake and nature reserve in Delamere Forest, southeast of Frodsham, Cheshire, England. It is also the name of a hamlet near the village of Norley.

Hatch Mere Nature Reserve
Swimmers in Hatchmere
Hatchmere is located in Cheshire
Hatch Mere in Cheshire
TypeNature reserve and SSSI
LocationDelamere Forest, Cheshire
OS gridSJ537709
Coordinates53°14′38″N 2°40′19″W / 53.244°N 2.672°W / 53.244; -2.672Coordinates: 53°14′38″N 2°40′19″W / 53.244°N 2.672°W / 53.244; -2.672
Area12.6 hectares (31 acres)[1]
Operated byCheshire Wildlife Trust
Openany reasonable time

Nature reserveEdit

Hatch Mere Nature Reserve covers 12.6 hectares (31 acres). It lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and is managed by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.[1]

According to the SSSI citation "Hatch Mere is an example of a mere with moderate fertility and well developed floating and emergent vegetation. It is an unusual mere because of the surrounding vegetation which consists largely of acidic heath and bog communities."[3] The mere is a good example of a kettle hole, of which there are several in the Delamere area. Some are flooded as here whilst others are dry or contain peat mosses. The mere originated as a detached mass of glacial ice melted in situ towards the end of the last ice age.

Notable animal species include the Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense, Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum[1] and a rare caddisfly, Potomophylax rotundipennis.[3] Rare plants for the area include Tufted Sedge Carex elata and Bog Myrtle Myrica gale.[3]

There were several campaigns to maintain public access to the lake after it was bought by the Wildlife Trust in 1998.[4] Initially the Trust fenced off the only access point to the lake suitable for swimmers. A pressure group, the Friends of Hatchmere, was formed, and eventually the Wildlife Trust backed down and agreed to allow swimming in the lake. The Hatchmere campaign was instrumental in the forming of the River and Lake Swimming Association,[5] a group that promotes open water swimming in the United Kingdom. Angling is also permitted on the lake under the membership of Prince Albert Angling Society and anglers have purpose-built platforms where they have to fish from which each requires a key provided by the society. Fish present in the lake include Bream, Tench, Pike, Roach as well as some breeds of Carp.


  1. ^ a b c "Hatch Mere". Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ Northwich & Delamere Forest (Map). 1:25000. Explorer Series. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Hatch Mere: SSSI Citation" (PDF). Natural England. 1979. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  4. ^ "History of the dispute". Friends of Hatchmere. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ "River and Lake Swimming Association". Retrieved 4 July 2013.