Morecambe Bay nature volunteers set for Warton

Warton Crag.
Warton Crag.

Nature-loving volunteers are needed to help Morecambe Bay’s wildlife thrive.

A group of conservation organisations wants pairs of hands to take part in habitat restoration day on February 25.

The work will include sites such as limestone grasslands and woodlands, which boast a rich variety of rare plants and animals.

Conservation activities will take place around Warton, near Carnforth, and at Warton Crag – home to limestone wildflowers and rare butterflies – volunteers will be tasked with cutting back trees and shrubs to help open up sunny areas that the flowers need to grow.

And at Hyning Scout Wood, brambles will be cut back in an open glade to help improve conditions for butterflies and dry stone walling.

The events are being organised by the RSPB, Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation.

Collectively, they make up the Morecambe Bay Limestones and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area (NIA) project.

Tania Crockett, community engagement officer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to get to know some of the special sites for nature around Warton and to help to improve these places for wildlife. You don’t need any experience, just lots of enthusiasm.

“Three local schools are taking part in the day – Yealand, Archbishop Hutton’s and Our Lady of Lourdes primary schools, and we hope lots of local individuals as well as groups will get involved with the activities.”

The day runs between 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Warton Village Hall and bring outdoor clothing and a packed lunch.

Free tea and cake will be served at the hall from 3.30pm.

For more information, contact Tania Crockett on 01524 703103 or