Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Environment | Sustainability | Terrestrial | Social Change | Fostering Communities
Amount Awarded
£189,730
Year Awarded
2013
Region
North West
Length of Award
60 months
Organisation website
www.lancswt.org.uk

Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) has been actively working on lowland raised bogs (referred to locally as Mosslands) from 2008.  Mosslands are a 10,000 year-old habitat which started forming since the last Ice Age as peat started to be laid down and are home to many rare and threatened species of mammals, birds, insects and plants.  These Mosslands are important in terms of climate change mitigation as they store vast amounts of carbon dioxide and, if properly looked after, have the capacity to store further carbon dioxide.  The importance of this habitat is reflected in many designations, including inclusion in the EU Habitats Directive, and a number of sites in the Chat Moss area of have been designated Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) under EU wildlife legislation. Roughly 97% of this habitat has been destroyed in the Trust’s area.

We are funding LWT to raise the quality of Lowland Raised Bog habitat significantly across three project sites - Little Woolden Moss (recently acquired), Cadishead and Astley Moss. LWT aim to reconnect local people with their Mosslands heritage through learning and participation opportunities, and to learn to value and understand the mosses and increase accessibility of Mosslands to enable wider enjoyment.

This grant fits our environment priorities under Lesser known plants, animals and organisms , and our aims as work which backs the unorthodox and unfashionable.