Little Woolden Moss to become nature reserve

Little Woolden Moss, 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.

Peat bog dwellers

Plants, grasses and trees are returning to Little Woolden Moss and with them comes wildlife. Visitors can already spot species including:

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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