The Trust’s Evidence and Planning Manager, Rachel Giles, recently submitted a response to a consultation about the proposals. “We believe developing this site would be highly damaging to local biodiversity, the local community and would be environmentally unsustainable,” said Rachel. “We have submitted a response which outlines the harm a development on the nature reserve would cause to species such as dragonflies, bees, butterflies, breeding and wintering birds. Reflecting the Council’s own planning policies set out in the Warrington Local Plan Borough wide strategy ‘Securing a high quality environment’, we believe that the nature reserve should be protected from development.”
Moore Nature Reserve has areas of woodland, meadows, five large lakes and wetlands and is home to a diverse range of plants, animals, birds and mammals. Situated between the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey, the site has been managed as a nature reserve since 1991, following a period as a sand quarry. The site is managed by wardens employed by FCC Environment who operate the nearby landfill site. With its networks of pathways, bird hides and benches, the reserve has become a popular community location.
“Moore Nature Reserve is not only a haven for species but a great asset to the community. There is a bank of evidence of how visiting green spaces and getting outside helps people deal with stress and improve mental health. This site has become a go-to place for people in the community appreciating this benefit,” said Charlotte Harris, Chief Executive Officer at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. “Owners of the land, Peel Holdings have it licenced as a landfill site, meaning that the nature reserve has to stay in existence until 2021, but then its future becomes vulnerable. We are urging Warrington Council to take heed our advice and the voice of the community on this issue.”