Meres and Mosses to raise sponsorship for new dragonfly project

Cheshire Wildlife Trust has begun a programme to reintroduce the white-faced darter dragonfly back into Delamere Forest, after an absence of more than a decade, by translocating these rare dragonflies from Whixall Moss near Whitchurch to a site with suitable habitat in part of the Delamere Forest in Cheshire. The Trust plans to raise £20,000 for the project and the sponsored walk will go a long way to contributing to that ambitious target.

Luke will spend 3 days walking the Sandstone Trail from Whitchurch to Shady Oak near Beeston with a large willow white-faced darter dragonfly in tow; to symbolise the translocation of the white-faced darters to a site where they once thrived. During the walk, Luke will be joined by local schools and community groups for sections and will be camping for two nights along the way. More information about the Sandstone Trust and the walk can be found here

The white-faced darter is one of the UK's rarest dragonflies and was once a key feature of Cheshire's Meres & Mosses landscape. Due to habitat loss, it became restricted in its range in the UK, and in particular in the North West became limited to the pools and mosses of Delamere.

You can find out more about the project here

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The Meres and Mosses area is the second largest natural network of ponds and wetlands in England (the Lake District is the largest)


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