May 27 2021

Habitat Improvements at New Moss Wood

New Moss Wood on the edge of Cadishead in Salford, Greater Manchester  has been seeing fantastic improvements at the site, to deliver biodiversity and visitor improvements. The work was temporarily halted last March due to the covid pandemic, but the first phase of habitat works costing nearly £100K has now been completed.

This has transformed what was originally a woodland creation site (planted by the Trust around 1998) into a mosaic of habitats with the creation of 6 new ponds, approximately 1ha of restored lowland peat bog, wetland scrapes and improvements to existing ditches and woodland habitat. The new ponds, scrapes and peat bog area have quickly revegetated, partly thanks to a programme of plug planting.

The project has been delivered as part of the Carbon Landscape partnership with key partners being Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Natural England. It aims to enhance the site for local wildlife (particularly mossland and wetland specialists) including creating suitable habitat for Water Vole and wetland woodland for Willow tit. Further phases of bog restoration and wetland habitat work are planned at New Moss Wood if a funding bid to Defra is successful.

Aside from the biodiversity improvements, the woodland is also going to be enhanced to become a gateway to the Salford Mosslands and will have a range of improvements for visitors including resurfacing the car park, new information panels, a nature trail and natural play features. These are scheduled to be installed later in the year.

For more information contact Neil Oxley, Site Manager.


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