Species to spot

Grey Heron

Introduction

The landscape of Lightshaw Meadows covers an area of 18 ha, 13ha of which is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It contains a number of important wildlife habitats identified in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as being the most threatened. These include flower rich meadow, reedbed, fen and bodies of open water.

These habitats support a number of important plants and animals including over 100 species of bird, and 10 species of dragonfly. Some of the wildlife is threatened or endangered such as the Skylark, Snipe and Redshank. The active management, which is being carried out by Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Red Rose Forest, aims to increase the value of Lightshaw Meadows in terms of its ability to support threatened habitats and species.