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Support need for historic wildlife site

A major project to protect a historically and environmentally important site in Merseyside needs local people to get involved.

Lunt Meadows is a wetland site by the side of the River Alt, view close to Maghull, treat which supports large numbers of birds and is one of the few areas in Merseyside inhabited by water voles.

Three pre-historic hunter-gatherer settlements have been discovered on the site, containing rare archaeological evidence dating back 8,000 years.

From July, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside will manage the restoration of the site, having worked at Lunt Meadows for more than a year.

Project officer Fiona Whitfield said: “We would like to carry out further research and identify ways in which we can encourage and assist people to learn about this important historical find, learn about what life would have been like living in the area 8,000 years ago alongside how we are helping wildlife live there today.

“We would like to apply to Heritage Lottery Fund to give us the ability to carry out more research, interpret what we find and get more people involved to create a place that people enjoy and cherish.”

On a recent walk birders spotted more than 30 species of birds at Lunt including shelduck, teal, shoveler, wigeon, cormorant, buzzard, kestrel, snipe, oystercatcher, little ringed plover, lapwing, redshank, curlew, short-eared owl, skylark, pied wagtail, reed bunting, goldfinch, linnet and barn owl.

The Wildlife Trust is asking nature lovers and local people to fill in a questionnaire at or to contact Fiona on 0151 9293769 or e-mail

Written by Gather

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