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Little Woolden Moss to become nature reserve

Little Woolden Moss,
Image caption Little Woolden Moss is part of Chat Moss, a larger area of peat bog land

An area of peat-extraction damaged mossland in Salford is being turned into a nature reserve.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust has bought the 100 hectare (247 acre) site at Little Woolden Moss, near Cadishead.

The trust has used grants totalling around £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to buy the land and fund the conservation work.

By filling in the ditches, the trust hopes cotton-grass and carpets of sphagnum mosses can be grown.

The mosses store carbon, preventing it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.

Project Officer Elspeth Ingleby said: "We are filling in the ditch network that is draining away the lifeblood of the mossland - its water.

"Using techniques developed on our other mossland sites, we will divide the site into a number of levelled areas.

"This is a blank canvas and the benefits to biodiversity from this work will be huge."

Little Woolden Moss is part of Chat Moss, a larger area of peat bog land which has been subject to commercial peat extraction for the past 15 years.

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