Wigan and Leigh Wetlands - Bid to Become National Nature Reserve

Steve Ormerod

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) protect some of our most important habitats, species and geology, and provide ‘outdoor laboratories’ for research. There are currently 224 NNRs in England but there are no post-industrial ones.

We are proposing to develop a National Nature Reserve between the Wigan Flashes in Wigan and Pennington Flash in Leigh.

This involves three main aims:

1.Restore Pearsons Flash with Dr Mark Champion of The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside

2.Surveying wildlife to monitor progress with Steve Atkins of Greater Manchester Ecology Unit

3.Engage local people and stakeholders with Danielle Rowlands and the RoundView Team.

There will be further public meetings to discuss the proposals, chaired by Amanda Wright of Natural England.  All participants will directly support the initiative aiming to achieve ground-breaking NNR status for Wigan and Leigh.