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A rescue mission has started to save an oasis for wildlife that dates back to a time when Liverpool was almost an island surrounded by peat bogs.

Acornfield Plantation, sovaldi sale hidden in housing and industrial estates just off the East Lancashire Road  in Kirkby, is Knowsley’s only Local Nature Reserve and contains one of Merseyside’s two last remaining active peat bogs.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, Knowsley Council and Friends of Acornfield Plantation have started a project – funded by Biffa Award –  to restore the bog and to enhance the surrounding woodland for wildlife, particularly nesting birds.

And they’re looking for local people to volunteer to get involved in the work.

The Wildlife Trust’s Liverpool Local Nature Reserves Officer Adam Graham, who is co-ordinating the work, said: “Over two years we will clear scrub and rhododendron from around The Mire and along woodland watercourses. This will help to retain water levels to better maintain the bog and encourage back wetland species like dragonflies.

“A key element of the project is to involve local volunteers in the work and also the Friends of Acornfield Plantation. So far the response to this has been great and a real difference achieved already. Volunteers can get involved in a regular programme of activities at the site with volunteer tasks running every second Wednesday morning.”

He explained the historical significance of the site: “In the mid 19th century 10,728 ha of peat bog were present stretching across the Mersey basin and into West Lancashire and the western fringes of Manchester. By the middle of the 20th Century only approximately 2,084 ha of this remained, most of which had been significantly modified and degraded. Today the amount of peat bog is significantly less still, making Acornfield Plantation incredibly valuable.

“In the past the two hectare bog at Acornfield, known as ‘The Mire’, was of great importance to dragonflies, damselflies and water voles, but in recent times it has begun to badly dry out and adjoining streams within the woodland have become overgrown, greatly reducing their value for wildlife.”

For more information contact Adam on 0151 920 3769 or agraham@lancswt.org.uk

Written by Gather

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