The Wildlife Trusts are working to transform the environment we live in.
We aim to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife-rich spaces in rural and urban areas by working in partnership with local communities, landowners, schools and businesses. We are identifying key areas to protect for wildlife; enlarging, improving and joining them up across the UK on nature reserves, in towns and cities, and in partnership with hundreds of other landowners.
As the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside we want wildlife to thrive, to disperse and re-colonise our landscape so future generations can encounter, experience and enjoy our natural heritage. And so that we can too.
The Wildlife Trusts now have more than 100 Living Landscape schemes around the UK, where nature conservation work is helping to put wildlife back on the map outside our protected nature reserves and with the help of a wide range of partners and communities.
Here at the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside we play a key part in the Living Landscapes strategy. All of our conservation work is based around supporting this strategy, along with key areas of work such as our Mosslands and the Brockholes Living Landscapes Project. We are also working on landscape-sized projects at Lunt Meadows in Merseyside and Winmarleigh Moss near Garstang.
Great Manchester Wetlands Nature Improvement Area
The Great Manchester Wetlands Nature Improvement Area is our biggest Living Landscape scheme, covering 48,000 ha. We are the lead partner in the GM Wetlands partnership formed in 2011 consisting of over 20 organisations, including statutory organisations, local authorities, private businesses, environmental charities and community groups.
In 2017 we secured HLF funding for the £3m Carbon Landscape programme which will run for five years, delivering a range of projects covering habitat restoration and connectivity, heritage and community, access and involvement, education and skills.