Local Groups are run by some of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust's most dedicated volunteers and offer a wide range of activities such as talks, field trips, work parties and fundraising events.
Would you like to meet new people while giving back to the wildlife on your doorstep? Find your local group in the list below.
Croal Irwell Group
The Croal Irwell Group is based in the Bury, North Manchester and Bolton areas, but also have people coming in from further afield to enjoy the various activities.
They manage Summerseat Nature Reserve and hold monthly work parties, as well as running a series of natural history talks monthly in Prestwich, run field trips to sites in the North-West and in North Wales (usually with a tasty pub lunch!)
Please see their programme below.
Activities: Monthly Wednesday evenings in the Creative Living Centre, 1A Rectory Lane, Prestwich, M25 1BP starting at 7.30pm, admission and refreshments £4 donation.
Field Trips: Usually on the Sunday after the indoor meeting
Working Parties: Last Sunday each month (except Dec.) on Summerseat Reserve. Start 9.30am. All welcome.
Contact: Geoff Higginbottom (Chairman), tel: 0161 720 6100 OR 07513 284 455
Working Parties Contact: Noell Leather (Chairperson), tel: (01204) 386876
Friends of Mere Sands Wood
The Friends of Mere Sands Wood carry out conservation tasks, assist with events and in the visitor centre, promote the Wildlife Trust and help visitors to enjoy the wildlife and habitats of the site.
The Friends also have monthly meetings, consisting of lectures during the winter and open-air events during the summer.
Location: Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, Rufford. L40 1TG.
T: (01704) 821809
North Lancashire Wildlife Group
Current projects include the management of nature reserves at Warton Crag, Aughton Woods, Heysham and Over Kellet pond.
These are all open to the public, and walks and talks for local groups are provided. North Lancashire Naturalists also carry out surveys of sites and wildlife throughout the area. Local atlases of several groups have already been produced and more are in preparation.
Activities: Indoor meetings, start at 7.30pm at the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe, (church hall in Michaelson Avenue) - second Friday of the month in Winter. There is a charge of £2 towards expenses; light refreshments are provided.
Management work parties: Contact Reuben Neville at Heysham on 01524 855 030 or 07979 652138.
Contact: Mike Moon. Tel: (01524) 701 163
Click here to visit their website
Click here to view the Winter Programme
Lancashire Botany Group
New members with any, or no wildflower identification skills, are invited to meetings of Lancashire Botany Group which has regular field trips throughout the spring and summer to carefully selected wild flower sites. More knowledgeable members share their ID skills so that you will both enjoy your days in the countryside more and perhaps take part in wild flower surveys to increase our understanding of how climate change is affecting our native flora. Indoor meetings take place during the winter months to improve our ID skills.
Meeting Coordinator: David Earl
Rochdale & District Local Group
The Rochdale & District Local Group is a small committee who arrange awareness and fund raising events in and around the Rochdale and Littleborough areas throughout the year.
Contact: Mr Graham Bellenger 01706 376999 or Mrs Susan Conway 01706 213934.
Friends of Chat Moss
The Friends of Chat Moss help with the restoration work on the lowland raised bogs with in the Chat Moss area holding weekly work parties and assist with events to promote the work of the Wildlife Trust.
The friends currently have meetings on the first Tuesday of every other month at Irlam Fire station 7pm
Contact: Anna Keightley