One of Shropshire’s most beautiful meres, Colemere is almost completely surrounded by mature woodland and has two very attractive hay meadows.

Colemere Countryside Heritage Site image

Nearest to

Ellesmere

Parking

A free car park is available all year round.

Location

Colemere is 3 miles south east of Ellesmere and signposted from the A528 and A495.

Postcode

SY12 0QW

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.88968, -2.8396994

Opening times

Every day of the year.

About

One of Shropshire’s most beautiful meres, Colemere is almost completely surrounded by mature woodland and has two very attractive hay meadows. The site attracts a variety of wildfowl and waders, including snipe, curlew, goldeneye, and pochard.

During the spring and summer flowers such as southern marsh orchid, meadow cranesbill and lady’s smock can be seen in the meadows. Numerous species of insects are attracted to the site including the brown hawker dragonfly and common blue damselfly.

One of Shropshire’s most beautiful meres, Colemere is almost completely surrounded by mature woodland and has two very attractive hay meadows. The site attracts a variety of wildfowl and waders, including snipe, curlew, goldeneye, and pochard. In fact with its diverse variety of wildlife habitats Colemere supports, with mature woodland, open meadow, hedgerows, and large expense of water, Colemere is rich in birdlife throughout the year.

During the spring and summer flowers such as southern marsh orchid, meadow cranesbill and lady’s smock can be seen in the meadows. Numerous species of insects are attracted to the site including the brown hawker dragonfly and common blue damselfly.

Because of Colemere's wildlife interest, the site has several important designations, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and RAMSAR Site. Many of these designations are due to the rare marginal wetland plants that grow around the edges of the mere, this is the only site in England where the rare Least Water Lily is found.

Please help to protect this special site by not collecting or removing any plants and animals. Many rare ground nesting birds use the site for breeding so dogs must be kept on a short lead between 1st March and 31st July. With additional safeguarding of the more sensitive ecological areas in place it is hoped we can relax this in future. In the meantime please bear with us to protect our endangered wildlife.

There is an excellent circular walk with reasonably level walking, which can be suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs, that will take you all the way around the Mere but it could be muddy in places at certain times of year.

Several family friendly walks from the Meres Meander leaflet visit and pass through the site or can take you from the site to other local destinations such as the Shropshire Union Canal or the Mere at Ellesmere.

Colemere sailing club leases the boating rights and uses the mere at various times. Please note that in order to protect the valuable marginal flora no public use of boats or canoes is allowed.

Please note there is no public fishing at Colemere. Fishing rights have been leased to a private fishing club.

Grazing

Grazing in late summer is the best way of managing the flower rich meadows. A variety of rare breed cattle are used for grazing so please ensure that if you are walking your dogs you keep them on leads across these fields at all times and ensure that all dog mess is removed (dog bins are on site).

Things to see and do

  • Take a quiet walk with tremendous views across a beautiful stretch of open water.
  • Come and see the hay meadows full of wild flowers and orchids in late June and July.
  • Take a walk from Colemere into Ellesmere, along the Shropshire Union Canal, past beautiful Blakemere.

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