Rare dragonflies could soon be a more familiar sight in the Merseyside countryside after plans to restore 55 hectares of heathland, reedbed and bog received a £111,000 funding boost.
The Mersey Forest Team, on behalf of the Community Forest Trust will begin a programme of scrub clearance, reed cutting and water level management work at Colliers Moss Common Local Nature Reserve this summer, after receiving the money from grant-giving body WREN's FCC Biodiversity Action Fund.
Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, hopes the two-year project will create a lasting biodiversity hotspot suitable for 17 species of dragonfly and other threatened flora and fauna, including bumble bees, lizards and water voles.
He said: "We are extremely grateful to WREN for backing the Colliers Moss Biodiversity project. Without support of this kind we really are in danger of losing some of our most endangered habitats, along with the rare and threatened species that rely on them for their survival."
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Colliers Moss Biodiversity is one of 16 projects to receive a share of the £2.7m given out by WREN's FCC Biodiversity Action Fund this year.
Lisa Green, WREN Operations Manager, said: "FCC Environment and WREN are committed to supporting projects that protect and expand some of the country's most important ecosystems. That's why we're delighted to be funding the Colliers Moss Biodiversity project, which will help to safeguard the future of this nationally-significant landscape for generations to come."
More information about WREN can be found at www.wren.org.uk/