Fenscape will create, improve and connect a corridor of fen habitats and other similar wetlands within the urban areas of Wigan and Leigh.
Through essential capital works and engaging with volunteers, the project will improve the area for wildlife and for everyone to enjoy.
By lowering beds, blocking ditches, creating new ditches and removing areas of scrub, the Fenscape will become a connected ecosystem, conserving a threatened environment.
The priority for the first phase of work is an arc-shaped mosaic of priority wetland habitats between Wigan Flashes and Pennington Flash, following the Hey Brook Corridor. This forms a conduit that can help wetland species to move through the landscape.
- 12 ha fen habitat restored and improved by lowering the reed bed and creating 1500m of new ditching
- 27 ha of fen habitat restored and improved by scrub removal at sites across Greenheart though volunteer engagement
- Three training courses, two events and talks to five local groups, encouraging involvement from 100 people who will gain understanding and skills in surveying, condition assessment, monitoring, practical action