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WNCF Newletter March 2009

Welcome to the spring edition of the WNCF newsletter!

We saw our first daffodils flowering, mallards chasing and bullying each other, the sightings board at Risley Moss said a brimstone butterfly had been spotted, there was talk of the first bumblebee appearing and my middle boy went without his hat for the first time in months! It’s just so nice to feel the sun warming you up and it must be the same for all those creatures that have made it through the winter without central heating and extra clothes. Read more in the attachment below!

Birchwood Parks and Outdoor Activities

Birchwood Carnival - Sunday 7th June 2009 (details TBC)

Risley Moss Green Safari  - Sunday 28th June 2009, Risley Moss

Oakwood Fun Day - Saturday 25th July 2009, Oakwood Local Park (10:00 to 16:00)

New Ranger Service (Update from Warrington Borough Council)

The council has launched a new ranger service for designated parks as part of the ecology project. The new service involves the relocation of rangers and changes to their role so that they focus solely on nine woodland parks.
The restructure targets resources and skills more appropriately, achieving added value to further develop and sustain woodland parks and sites of special scientific interest such as Risley Moss and Rixton Clay Pits.

The ranger service aims to improve the quality of life for local people now and for future generations through the promotion, protection and development of safe and accessible woodland parks and nature reserves. Together with the support of the landscape section and Street Scene staff, the rangers will help to raise the standards of woodland parks throughout the town.

Nine rangers are currently employed by the council and recruitment of a tenth ranger will take place shortly to complete the team. The rangers all have specialist skills including environmental education, events and activities provision, sensitive habitat management and monitoring.

The nine woodland parks now offering the ranger service are Birchwood Forest Park, Burtonwood Local Nature Reserve, Culcheth Linear, Lymm Dam, Oakwoodgate, Risley Moss, Rixton Claypits, Sankey Valley and the Transpennine Trail.
The rangers will provide a reassuring identifiable presence helping to combat anti social behaviour, creating a safer environment for people to enjoy when they visit these sites.

Paula Darlington, head of environmental management, said: “Woodland parks are a vital part of community life. They provide safe places for our children to play and enable us all to get closer to and learn about nature and wildlife. Our parks are as much about economic prosperity and Warrington’s image, the visitor economy, climate change and healthy living as they are about leisure and recreation."

There are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and volunteer by attending a practical conservation event or by joining an existing parks friends group. For further information, pick up a ‘what’s on’ guide from one of the rangered sites or visit


WNCF Newsletter March 2009 (PDF 888.1Kb)

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