How Carbon Landscape is improving your wetlands?

Ellie Sherlock

This #WorldWetlandsDay we’re thinking about how important our wetlands are, not just for wildlife but for people too. This year’s World Wetlands Day is all about how urban wetlands are making cities liveable. Wetlands help to reduce flooding, improve drinking water quality, filter and treat waste, provide green spaces for relaxation and create jobs for local residents. For more in depth information on how wetlands benefit us go to www.worldwetlandday.org.uk.

Despite their significance, more than 64% of the world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900. At Carbon Landscape we are working to make a real difference for this precious habitat and right now, across many of our sites, vital restoration work is taking place…

Draining:

Hey brook revival in Wigan is currently being trailed for a type of restoration that involves creating sustainable drainage systems (SuDs) and is also providing volunteering and citizen science opportunities to help deliver practical habitat creation throughout the site. The installation of reed beds will increase the sites resilience and will allow Hey Brook to provide further flood protection downstream.

Rewetting:

Pestfurlong moss in Warrington is made up of lowland raised bog, one of Western Europe’s rarest and most threatened habitat types. Around 94% of this unique habitat has been destroyed or damaged in the UK. Here at Carbon Landscape we are carrying out vital restoration work rewetting the site and managing scrub and tree growth. Once installed, footpaths and raised boardwalks will allow people to visit this wonderful space without causing it harm. Situated almost exactly between Liverpool and Manchester, Pestfurlong moss will eventually be able to provide a relaxing getaway for families and individuals.

Expansion and conservation grazing:

The Rixton Clay Pits project is working to create a habitat corridor that will link two Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). By increasing the area of wet grassland present, the Great Crested Newt’s population will be safeguarded whilst also improving the visitor experience. Conservation grazing using rare, native breeds of sheep will also be used to manage the grassland and meadow areas.

 

To find out more about the amazing work we are doing across Wigan, Warrington and Salford and about how you can get involved, take a look at our website and social media platforms. We’ve recently just launched our #firststeps campaign which is all about your journey as you explore the carbon landscape and we would love for you to get involved and share with us your first steps. Don’t know where to start? why not have a read of our blog, ‘Five First Steps with Carbon Landscape’.