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Cadishead & Little Woolden Moss

One of the few remaining fragments of the Chat Moss mossland (lowland raised peat bog) complex.

Cadishead Moss & Little Woolden Moss are two former peat extraction sites which once formed part of the larger 35 km2 Chat Moss mossland (lowland raised peat bog).

These sites have been badly degraded due to intensive drainage drying them out. The Trust is blocking up these drains, and creating water retaining structures (bunds) to help re-wet the habitat and undo the damage that has been done.  Rewetting of the sites will also help preserve the thousands of tonnes of carbon which are stored in the peaty soil.

Key species you may see on site include Common Lizard, Black Darter Dragonfly, Brown Hare and the rare Bog Bush Cricket.  


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Nearby nature reserves

Astley Moss
1 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Holcroft Moss
1 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Sinderland Green Woods
4 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

6km south of Leigh and 15km west of the centre of Manchester.
M44 5LR
Map reference
SJ698 951 & SJ692 951
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114.56 hectares
Permit required

Access is only permitted along the public footpath which runs around the periphery of Little Woolden Moss. Please do not stray from the path as the habitat is in a delicate state of recovery and there are numerous hazards. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a short lead at all times.
Walking information
A public footpath runs around the edge of part of Little Woolden Moss which can be found on O/S Explorer 276 Bolton, Wigan & Warrington and Landranger 109 Manchester, Bolton & Warrington. A permissive path has been created through Cadishead Moss connecting the public footpath to the access from Astley Road.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Chris Miller
Tel: 01204 663754


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