Discover the secret world of Sphagnum, UK
Little Woolden Moss is a 107 hectare lowland raised peatland site, which once formed a part of the much larger peat mass. Extracted for peat for over 30 years, and surrounded by land drained for agriculture, this site is being restored to a wildlife haven by Lancashire Wildlife Trust. With just 6% of UK lowland raised bog remaining, this project will conserve one of the last remaining homes for specialised wildlife, such as the bog bush cricket and Sphagnum mosses, re-vegetating over 20 hectares of bare peat with 20,000 plants specific to this rare habitat. Invasive scrub will be removed to stabilise the water table, aiding the transition from carbon emitter to carbon store, and finally carbon sink. Disturbance to nesting birds, including the red listed Curlew, from people straying from the paths will be reduced through a series of seasonal walking maps for the site, guided walks, path improvements, seating and viewing areas.