Great Manchester Wetlands

A pool lined with sphagnum moss at Red Moss

Sphagnum pool

Great Manchester Wetlands

The Great Manchester Wetlands is a unique and diverse landscape of water, fen, wet grassland, wet woodland and lowland raised bog.

It is a Nature Improvement Area covering some 48,000 hectares, including the wetlands of Wigan (The Flashes), the peatlands of Chat Moss and Risley Moss to the west and southwest of Manchester, and the Mersey wetlands corridor stretching from Rixton to Warrington.

Great Manchester Wetlands Nature Improvement Area Map
Cotton grass by Mark Hamblin/2020VISION
The Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership

Creating a living landscape between Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Formed in 2011, the partnership is delivering a landscape-scale community and natural heritage programme, aiming to restore a nature recovery network of wildlife sites and corridors. This will allow wetland species to survive and thrive in the face of increasing environmental pressures such as climate change.

Bringing together experts from over 20 organisations, the partnership works together for nature by restoring habitats, reintroducing lost species and engaging local communities with the wonderful wetland world on their doorstep.

By 2025 the Great Manchester Wetlands will be a thriving, resilient and inspirational landscape that delivers real benefits to local communities and the local economy.

What do we do?

The Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership is restoring an essential network of wetlands, which will enhance biodiversity and greatly improve the health, wellbeing and recreational opportunities of the people living within and around the area.

Explore the Carbon Landscape (c) Jill Jennings

(C) Jill Jennings

The Carbon Landscape

The Carbon Landscape is Great Manchester Wetlands' flagship project, delivering £3m of community, skills, education, heritage, access and habitat restoration and connection projects over five years.

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A reintroduced large heath butterfly after release

The large heath butterfly is one of the species we're reintroducing in the Great Manchester Wetlands. Photo: Steve Rawlins - Chester Zoo

Species reintroduction

We are reintroducing locally extinct butterflies, rare dragonflies, and other native insects and plants onto habitats restored by Great Manchester Wetlands partners.

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Want to find out more?

Click here to download a report that outlines what we want to achieve through the Great Manchester Wetlands partnership, how we will do it and the partners who are working to achieve this. You can also view our Terms of Reference.

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The Great Manchester Wetlands project is a partnership between various organisations; including charities, local authorities, statutory organisations, academic institutions, businesses and conservation groups, who are working together to restore this important landscape.