Lizard walk in the dunes

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Release date:  Thu, 19/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Secrets of Freshfield Dune Heath will be discovered during a guided walk on Sunday. The Wildlife Trust nature reserve, in Formby, is home to a number of species including sand lizards and common lizards. read more...

Polytunnels are growing places

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Release date:  Tue, 17/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  It’s been a bumper summer in the Brockholes polytunnel with Lindsay Griffiths and her fellow volunteers providing lots of wild and wonderful plants. The polytunnel has always been an excellent nursery for reeds, grown for sale to other nature reserves and agencies, including the Canal and River Trust. Reeds started at Brockholes now form parts of reedbeds on the reserve and many others in Lancashire. Lindsay has been particularly keen to grow wild flowers and insect-friendly flowers - many of which grow on the reserve. Seeds are collected and cultivated. read more...

Brexit’s green plans need strengthening

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Release date:  Mon, 16/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Proposals to defend the environment after Britain’s exit from the European Union are “far too weak”. That is the view of the Wildlife Trusts as they press Environment Secretary Michael Gove for a green watchdog to ensure our wildlife receives even better protection after Brexit. read more...

Be quick to catch the streak

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Release date:  Sun, 15/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  If you are seeking the elusive white-letter hairstreak that flies for just three weeks a year – there is only a week left. The white-letter hairstreak, is a butterfly that has been spotted on a number of our reserves, but this year they have been abundant at Brockholes. The white-letter hairstreak decreased as food plants were hit by Dutch elm disease in the 70s The white-letter hairstreak prefers to spend most of its time at the top of elm trees, where they breed in late May and June. Their pupae are around until July and then they fly over a three-week period in July...

Birds flex mussels in hot weather

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Release date:  Sat, 14/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A meal that is normally out of reach for Lancashire’s oystercatchers is on the summertime menu at Mere Sands Wood. The 48-day dry spell saw water levels drop at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve, in Rufford, and on other reserves in the North West. It has meant problems for many wading birds that feed in mud, which is now rock solid, so they cannot find food with their long bills. Less water in Mere Sands Woods lakes mean oystercatchers can get to freshwater mussels. read more...

White beak sedge not seen for a century

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Release date:  Wed, 11/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A plant has been found on Astley Moss, 150 years since it was last recorded there. The white beak sedge has surprised officers from the Wildlife Trust. And by coincidence, it was found as the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership have been reintroducing white beak sedge to Risley Moss. Wigan Reserves Manager Mark Champion said: “Following the reintroduction of white beak sedge onto Risley Moss around a month or so ago, I today had a visit with flora expert Josh Styles to Astley Moss to assess suitability for reintroduction for a suite of species formerly recorded t...

Fires cause heartbreak and despair

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Release date:  Tue, 03/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  It’s been a heartbreaking couple of weeks, with fires devastating huge areas of moorland, dunes and our reserves. And our message is that people should be careful when starting fires for barbecues or dropping litter in the countrysideFailing to put out a fire or barbecue can cause problems and littered bottles can act like magnifying glasses creating fires. Thousands of hectares were damaged at Saddleworth Moor and fire services from all over the North have been helping, along with the army and the police force. read more...

Joy and sorrow in 30 Days

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Release date:  Sat, 30/06/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Well we have pretty much had a month of sunshine for the whole of 30 Days Wild - can anyone remember it raining? Hopefully, the 3,500 people in our region and 350,000 nature lovers nationwide have enjoyed the whole of June and gone completely wild. And hopefully they will continue to do some of the wild things they have enjoyed. Businesses and schools have also become involved which is great news for the future. read more...

Wildife devastated in moorland inferno

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Release date:  Thu, 28/06/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  The huge fire that is ravaging Saddleworth Moor will have dire consequences for wildlife and will mean major habitat work in future years. It is not the only fire that we have had this year, there have been problems at Rivington and over the past decade Heysham Moss has been a target for arsonists. read more...

Spot the moths at Brockholes

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Release date:  Fri, 29/06/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Brockholes is buzzing with life already this summer and it has been such a thrill to watch the reserve as it has transitioned beautifully from season to season. Not only has the reserve been transforming, so has some of the wildlife that calls this place home. Nestled up snuggly and safe in their custom made cocoons, the larva of narrow-bordered five-spot burnet moths have been slowly changing all winter, making that inconceivable transition from caterpillar to beautiful moth. read more...