An all embracing term used to describe the various flashes in the area to the west and south of Sandbach, and north of Crewe. These started forming in the 1930's after land subsidence following brine extraction. All flashes are now privately owned and there is no public access. However, most are watchable from public roads and tracks. Most of the flashes area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There are currently around fourteen flashes, but the most important are:
Elton Hall Flash - SJ727596
In two parts, with the River Wheelock flowing through the well-vegetated part, and very little vegetation on the salt pan.
Maw Green Tip - SJ717577
Not strictly in the flashes’ area but inextricably linked for gulls and corvids. It has been greatly expanded and now butts right up to Railway Flash and Groby Flash. Just north of Crewe.
Pump House Flash - SJ723595
The site of the old brine pumping mechanism. Now silting up rapidly.
Railway Flash - SJ718585
Currently two separate flashes with a marshy area between.
The Moat - SJ730613
(previously known as Foden’s Flash)
Includes a large bed of bulrushes and the wood around and behind the flash.
Warmingham Flash - SJ719619
Heavily disturbed by fishermen.
Watch Lane Flash - SJ727606
Heavily disturbed by fishermen but with two small reed beds.