North west wildlife group launches fund-raising appeal to help create green havens across the region

Green campaigners in the north west have launched a fund-raising campaign to help safeguard the region’s wildlife.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is hoping to create Nature Recovery Networks across the region – a joined-up system of green spaces for wildlife to wander and grow.

The trust is starting an appeal to raise £10,000 to help them continue to create these networks across the north west. The trust has teamed up with The Big Give, which will match every pound the public donates, meaning the trust has a chance to raise £20,000 to make a real difference to local wildlife.

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Campaigns Manager Alan Wright said: “My daily walks in nature have been the only escape from lockdown and the heartbreaking news we have had from the pandemic.

A peacock butterfly, one of the species the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is hoping to protect by fund-raising to create Nature Recovery Networks across the region. Picture: ALAN WRIGHT

“Getting out into nature has put a smile on my face, blackbirds singing, butterflies fluttering around, the smell of wild garlic, the sight of bluebells and a weasel hunting along a river bank.

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The Wildlife Trust works to create habitats for wildlife and offers opportunities for people to get out into these wild places or to create their own nature reserves at home. Every garden or park can be part of the Nature Recovery Network across the region.

You can donate via the trust’s campaign page on The Big Give, until noon on Thursday, April 29. Visit

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