A Busy Start to 2023…

First up, Team Tawd and Ranger Chris walked through the valley for their first Friday session of 2023. They walked armed with pickers and bags and managed to collect an impressive amount of litter.

Next up, we continued are Freshwater Biological Association priority habitat surveying on the river Tawd.

Mapping water bodies like the Tawd will help organisations like Natural England and the Environment Agency protect and restore biodiversity and natural functioning in freshwater habitats in England.

The photos show a drain that runs into the river Tawd near to the Amphitheatre.

The cold winter weather that turned the region a dusty white didn’t deter us from cracking on as we made a visit to Houghton’s Road Wildlife Pond with Ranger Hannah and Samuel & Pauline from Groundworks NW, as we looked at and discussed ways we can improve the pond and surrounding area for both wildlife and the local community.

As we march through January, there is no stopping Team Tawd and Ranger Chris as they design and constructed a leaky dam in Cobbs Clough, which will reduce the flow of water under the path during heavy downpours and hopefully create a freshwater habitat wetland in the area.

And if you think we couldn’t fit anymore into this month, we also attended the Pride of Skelmersdale event at the Concourse Shopping Centre, after a kind invite from the team at Made in WN8. We loved engaging with members of the public and telling them all about the work we have doing with the Tawd Valley Park.