Within the environs of Birchwood is the small pocket of countryside called Risley Moss which is something that we, perhaps, take for granted but we did come quite close to losing it. When the site was under the stewardship of the County Council there was a very real prospect of the reserve being closed but thanks to the intervention of residents, business people and some enlightened politicians the threat was averted.
Risley Moss is now managed by Warrington Borough Council and their rangers, working with Natural England, take good care of this valuable asset.
Risley Moss Action Group is a charitable trust run by volunteers and was instrumental in preventing the closure. We are still involved in supporting the ranger service and helping enhance the experience that visitors to the Moss enjoy. Essentially the group exists to represent the people who benefit from the nature reserve, be they locals or visitors, residents or businesses.
We’re here to help but we also appreciate the help that’s given to us by people who understand just what an important part of the environment Risley Moss is for wildlife and the population as a whole. For more information about workdays and events to support the rangers find us on our webpage at www.rimag.org.uk or for more up to date events and news follow us on Facebook at Risley Moss Action Group.