Marshall's Arm Events and info

MARSHALL'S ARMY (task force – last Sunday in the month)

contact Richard on 01606 76058. (no meeting in August or December)








Mon 19th Feb
The Marvels of Madagascar, 7.15pm, Hartford Village Hall. An illustrated talk by Stuart Poucher, who has recently returned from his further exploration of the wildlife of Madagascar. Refreshments. Contact: Richard 01606 76058 or audandrich[at]

Sat 17th March
Watch the Birdie. 10am -12am. Paul Kenyon will lead a bird walk to welcome our spring visitors. Follow his daily observations on twitter @marshallsarm. Bring your binoculars. Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. Contact: Paul 01606 77960

Sun 22nd April
Hartford Fun Run (including a section through Marshall's Arm). Look out for details in Hartford News and village fliers. Contact: Steve Farrell 01606 889347 or stevefarrell15[at]

Sat 28th April
All of a Flutter, 11am -1pm. Join the Cheshire Butterfly Conservation Branch visit to the Reserve. Observe our butterflies and learn what to look for during the year. You can keep up to date with what's flying around on twitter @marshallsarm. Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. Contact: Paul 01606 77960

Mon 7th May
Rhapsody in Blue. 10-12m. Experience a woodland symphony of spring flowers including one of the best native bluebell displays in Cheshire. Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. Contact: Bev 01606 882770

Saturday 9th June
Woodland Wellbeing, 10am -2pm. An opportunity to sample activities to sooth and energise the mind and body. This will include taster sessions of Tai Chi with Jia Liu, Yoga with Pippa Francis and Pilates with Rachel Bridge. Meet at Stone Manor lane entrance for woodland walk at 10am, the therapies will take place from 11am on the meadow. For more information contact: audandrich[at] or 07964 695479

Sat/Sun 14th /15th July
Northwich River Festival
A raft of activities linking the Nature Reserve with the River Festival including boat trips, heritage and nature trails. Contact: Virginia 01606 42667
Look out for more information.
For details see press or Northwich River Festival website


Fri/Sat 31st Aug/1st September
20 years of Marshall’s Arm: A Birthday Bio-blitz Weekend
Friday 31st Aug, 7.30-9pm
Celebrations start with a bats "Fly-past" on our annual bat walk.
Meet at the Stone's Manor entrance to the reserve. Bring a torch.

Saturday 1st September, from 9.30am
This is a full day event so why not bring a picnic and join in the celebration. Early release of small mammals from traps set on Friday night, and then join our specialists for a day of observing and recording the plants and wildlife on the Reserve.
For specific timings check the fliers.
1 - 2pm Picnic with heritage songs.
2 – 4pm Nature’s Natural Larder. A foraging session with Barbara Wilkinson of the Herb Society.
For further information on all bio blitz events:
Tom: tmkhunt[at]
Alternative, A4 poster.


Sunday 14th October 10am – 12
Meet the Fungal Family
Learn how to identify different fungi in this fungal treasure hunt through the woods.
For further details contact Pam 01606 75520 or Tom: tmkhunt[at]
Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. (Hartford Manor School Turning Circle)

Sunday 25th November 10am – 12
Get a taste of what the Volunteer group do, helping manage the woodland and natural habitats in the Reserve. Hot dog taster too!!
Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. (Hartford Manor School Turning Circle)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Richard Haffenden 01606 76058,

For all events children must be accompanied by an adult.
Events starting from Saxon’s lane are accessible by wheelchair.

Download 2018 (first half) programme as a pdf.
Download 2018 (second half, from May) programme as a pdf.

Friends of Anderton and Marbury dates, with Saltscape dates: here.

A Brief History of Marshall's Arm (a few pages of notes). Here.



Nearby on the Weaver...

Poor's Wood is a wood closer to the Blue Bridge (ie upstream) and on the opposite bank. It has a group doing conservation work on third Sundays. Below is an old poster. Contact Kevin Feeney, 07793 249438, kfeeney[at]

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