Despite mosslands being a vital part of our heritage and listed as a UK Priority Habitat, they are hugely undervalued and regarded as wastelands to be exploited for peat. Mossland once covered large areas of our region, but today 99% of the resource has been destroyed with only 300 hectares of intact mossland habitat remaining.

Why Are Mosslands So Important?

Not only are mosslands a key habitat for endangered and rare species, but they also have the ability to store carbon dioxide. In an age where Climate Change issues are rife, mosslands hold the key to many concerns.

"In terms of global habitat importance, this is our rainforest"

Mick Weston - Head of Operations, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside 

Managing Water Levels at Astley Moss - a key mossland restoration site, image by Jason Smalley

Our Work With Mosslands

Our work in restoring and maintaining a mossland is crucial to this magnificent habitat. In order to extract peat, the land is drained and so the first stage in restoring a mossland is to re-wet. This is done by several process of land management including the building of dams to raise the water levels and begin the restoration process.



Click here for the latest mossland news 

Take a closer look at our mossland sites:

Astley Moss

Heysham Moss

Cadishead Moss

Abram Flash

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SundewSaving Our Mosslands

One of the key aims of the mosslands project is to protect the remaining habitats in the North West from being destroyed.

By purchasing key mossland sites, we can protect them from destruction, and restore them to a healthy Living Landscape that will benefit both people and wildlife.




Natural Carbon Capture – A Scheme For Businesses

As a business you can fund the North West’s degraded mosses back to health, balancing out your unavoidable CO2 emissions and knowing your carbon gain.

Click here to find out more about our Natural Carbon Capture Scheme.


Latest News

Jul 15, 2014

We need an enthusiastic Project Manager to lead and manage ‘The Biodiverse Society’, a partnership project between Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Lancashire Environmental Records Network, and Merseyside BioBank, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Upcoming Events

Date: 25 July 2014 15:00 to 16:30

Guided butterfly walk around Heysham NR

Date: 26 July 2014 09:30 to 15:30

Join visual artist Julia Swarbrick for this workshop

Date: 28 July 2014 10:00 to 14:00

Celebrate International Bog Day on Little Woolden Moss


Protecting Wildlife for the Future

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is a Registered Charity (No. 229325) and a Registered Company (No.731548) dedicated to the protection and promotion of the wildlife in Lancashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manchester and four of Merseyside, all lying North of the River Mersey. © Lancashire Wildlife Trust 2013.

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