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Wetley Moor Common

Wetley Moor is a 118 hectare open public access area of common land and lowland heathland in Werrington.

Seventy hectares of the site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the lowland heathland. There is long history of mining and quarrying dating from 1698 up to more recent bell pits dug during the 1920's.

Wetley Common Moor is jointly owned and managed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and us.

Location

Wetley Moor, Armshead Road, Werrington ST9 0EL

Footpaths from Kaydor Close and Washerwall Lane in Werrington, Brookhouse Lane in Bucknall and Eaves Lane, Light Oaks all lead to the moor.

Parking

There is a small car park for 8 cars off Armshead Road, Werrington.
Grid reference SJ 938 481

Features

  • Lowland heathland of gorse, heather and bilberry
  • Breeding birds such as linnet, whitethroat and rare grasshopper warblers
  • Three marked walks - paths can be very muddy so wear appropriate footwear
  • Small picnic area off Armshead Road
  • Site leaflet available from Werrington Library

Caring for the site

  • Follow the countryside code [2MB]  
  • Put your litter or dog waste in the bins provided
  • Keep your dog under control - do not let it chase or worry wildlife
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • Stay on the paths to reduce erosion and disturbance
  • Using motorbikes and all terrain vehicles is illegal and damages the heathland
  • Do not start fires
  • If you see any significant ground movement telephone the coal authority on 01625 646333

Management

We work to control scrub and gorse by cutting and removing ground vegetation and use conservation grazing to maintain the heathland. Turf stripping and heather seeding are carried out to restore the heathland.

Visit  Staffordshire County Council to report a problem with a footpath.

Getting more involved

Contact us to find out how you can get involved with the Friends of Wetley Moor Association. 

Events at Wetley Moor

Tree scrub clearing days

We are looking for volunteers to help us clear tree scrub from Wetley Moor on the following dates

  • Wednesday 13 September
  • Wednesday 27 September
  • Wednesday 4 October

Scrub control is a vital part of the heathland management to stop trees shading out heather and bilberry leading to a loss of the rare heathland habitat at Wetley Moor.

Come and help for the whole day or as long as you like. The sessions will run from 10am until 3.30pm on each day.
Meet at the Armshead Road Car Park, Armshead Road, Werrington. Grid reference SJ 938 481.

Information on scrub clearance days [514KB]

Contact us for more information on how you can take part in our volunteer conservation opportunities at Wetley Moor to learn new skills and help conserve your local environment.