Pollution hits Kingfisher Trail

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Release date:  Fri, 21/04/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A pollution incident which has affected a 25-mile stretch of the River Irwell will have consequences for our Kingfisher Trail. The Environment Agency is investigating where the toxic chemicals came from after it hit a 25-mile stretch of the river from Rawtenstall to Manchester city centre. read more...

Fire threatens return of extinct butterfly

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Release date:  Wed, 19/04/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Arsonists are believed to be behind the devastation of one of the last few areas of lowland raised bog in Lancashire and put in jeopardy a project to restore a butterfly to the mossland where it has been extinct for more than 50 years. Three years ago the Large Heath butterfly was reintroduced to Heysham Moss as part of a joint project with Chester Zoo. The recent fire has swept across the Moss destroying much of the habitat that is currently supporting the establishing Large Heath colony. While many of the plants will recover slowly over the next few years it is a serio...

New £10 million fund to restore peatland

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Release date:  Tue, 18/04/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A £10 million grant scheme to restore England’s iconic peatlands has been launched by the Government. This is great new for our mosslands projects including Astley Moss, Little Woolden Moss, Cadishead Moss, Heysham Moss and Winmarleigh Moss. read more...

Trust supports Formby land transfer

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Release date:  Wed, 08/03/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has welcomed the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land on the Sefton Coast to the National Trust. Sefton Council has just published a formal notice considering the disposal of land to the northern and southern side of Lifeboat Road (Formby Point). In light of this, “positive conversations” have taken place regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust. These dunes are home to some very rare wildlife including sand lizards, northern dune tiger beetles and the...

Early squirrel getting some TLC

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Release date:  Fri, 24/02/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A tiny red squirrel is recovering with Wildlife Trust officers after a traumatic start to its life. The four-week-old male squirrel was found on the forest floor at Ainsdale National Nature Reserve by Natural England volunteers. It is now safely in the hands of Rachel Miller, our Red Squirrel Field Officer. Rachel said: “He was on the ground, with a bloody nose, freezing cold and covered in lice. The first priority was to get him warmed up and then rehydrated. “After three days of TLC he now has a lot more energy and a good appetite. He weighed just 89g but n...

Vital volunteers needed to save our last red squirrels

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Release date:  Fri, 24/02/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  The Wildlife Trusts are leading the largest ever recruitment drive for red squirrel volunteers. With the help of National Lottery funding, the Trusts aim to increase volunteer numbers from 500 to 5000 to save the UK’s last red squirrels. With the first of this year’s surveys of the endangered mammal due to start on 1st March, a new approach to the conservation of this charismatic species puts volunteers at the forefront of efforts to halt their decline. And this is vitally important with a red squirrel stronghold on the Sefton Coast, with reds being seen deeper int...

Minister on the mosslands

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Release date:  Sun, 19/02/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has given Government support to restoring England’s peatlands while visiting Little Woolden Moss. The Minister praised your Wildlife Trust after it received £993,000 investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore “Salford’s rainforest” at Little Woolden. Born in Billinge and brought up in Formby, Dr Coffey said: “Protecting our peatlands is essential not only to benefit the local countryside but also tackling greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and supporting wildlife. read more...

Tiny nurdles are killing our birds

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Release date:  Mon, 30/01/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Pollution comes in all shapes and size but even at its smallest it can prove fatal for wildlife. Tiny plastic pellets, called nurdles, have become a huge problem for animals living in and around our coasts and the Irish Sea. Your Wildlife Trust will be joining concerned nature lovers all over the country on a Great Winter Nurdle Hunt on Saturday, February 4. They will be looking for the pellets used to create the majority of our plastic products when they are melted together. However they tend to be transported in nurdle-form and spilled from ships or at refuse tips, whe...

Christmas trees protect all coastal homes

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Release date:  Tue, 31/01/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Inhabitants of the Fylde Coast will be getting their annual late Chirstmas present – which protects their homes. Recycled Christmas trees will be buried along the sands dunes at Lytham and St Anne’s, to create new dunes and a barrier against the forces of nature. Volunteers have been involved in this event for the past four years and the results of previous years’ planting are there for visitors. read more...

North West industrial landscape to be restored to community

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Release date:  Tue, 24/01/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  The industrial heartlands of the North West are set to be transformed thanks to National Lottery players ‘The Carbon Landscape – Restoring Great Manchester Wetlands to the Community’ project has been awarded almost £2million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is an ambitious and innovative programme to restore nature in places where heavy industry ruled for more than a century. read more...