Rare fragment of moss land
LITTLE Woolden Moss is a recovering moss land close to Irlam and Cadishead, which was previously an expanse of lowland raised bog – and therefore is a valuable fragment of wetland within the Great Manchester area.
It supports 10,000-yearold bog oak as well as many wetland species which are in rapid decline in the UK. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, members of the Chat Moss Project (as part of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust) have been working hard to restore the area to a living, breathing moss land, to create a better habitat for wildlife after years of peat extraction.
Weekly work party days are open to all, bringing willing volunteers on to the moss to help out with conservation tasks, from which they gain environmental skills and knowledge, and often friendships. Recently they have been planting elder, hazel and hawthorn along an existing strip of trees to enhance the habitat as a wildlife corridor for bird species such as the willow tit.
As well as this, the Chat Moss Project hold a variety of events from guided walks and surveying to activity days for little ones – giving the local community a chance to discover what wonderful wildlife is on their doorstep.
The dedicated volunteers have seen a vast improvement in the wildlife since the project has been running – for example there are much better numbers of reed bunting and snipe.
However, the protection of this fascinating habitat can’t be maintained without your support. The Chat Moss Project is setting up a Friends of Group for Little Woolden Moss.
This will be a group of individuals who will play a key role in the preservation of the moss land in the future – a great opportunity for local residents to learn something new and become more connected to nature.
This beautiful nature reserve needs you to help protect the rare species it supports. So why not do something different? This is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people while helping to restore one of the rarest environments in the UK.
For those who would like to know more, the project is holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 1, at 6.30pm.
Everyone is welcome for tea, cake and a chat about how you could get involved.
The project is also running a Hare Walk on Friday, March 18, at 5pm, for anyone who would like to look around the beautiful site.
For more information, or if you are hoping to attend either of these events, please contact Beth Attwood on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01204 663754.
To support the work of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Text WILD09 with the amount you want to donate to 70070.
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the wildlife in Lancashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manchester and four of Merseyside, all lying north of the River Mersey.
It manages around 40 nature reserves and 20 local nature reserves covering acres of woodland, wetland, upland and meadow.
The trust has 27,000 members, and over 1,200 volunteers.
To become a member of the trust go to the website at www.lancswt.org.uk or call 01772 324129. For more about Cheshire Wildlife Trust call 01948 820728 or go to cheshire wildlifetrust.org.uk.
●● Little Woolden Moss near Irlam