About the Lancashire Wildlife Trust

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Volunteer Role Description

Sphagnum Moss Propagation Volunteer

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About the Lancashire Wildlife Trust

We are part of the Wildlife Trusts movement, the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to all wildlife. We are your local charity, working hard to improve your local area for wildlife and for you.

The Trust manages over 2,000 acres of some of the region's most precious wild places in the form of 37 nature reserves and 20 Local Nature Reserves. These provide places where wildlife can thrive and people can relax and enjoy the wealth of our natural heritage.

What is sphagnum moss and why does it need propagating?
Sphagnum moss is the key ingredient that makes up peat – the carbon-rich soil that makes mosslands such unique habitats. Across the world, peat soils are being lost due to drainage and peat extraction, releasing millions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust are working to restore Lowland Raised-Bog habitats, preserving the carbon within the ground, and helping store more through the spread and growth of sphagnum moss.
This exciting role will be based on our Little Woolden Moss reserve in Greater Manchester, which is a former peat extraction site being restored back to Lowland Raised-Bog by the Trust’s Chat Moss Project, and will involve the collection and spread of sphagnum moss around the site, accelerating the recovery of this site from an industrial wasteland to a thriving, diverse nature reserve contributing to the fight against climate change.
This role has the potential for both occasional volunteering opportunities and regular time commitments.
What’s in it for you?

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team.

  • Contribute to the development of a new nature reserve.

  • Make a real difference to the fight against man-made climate change.

  • Gain experience and skills in site management, moss identification, plant propagation and monitoring techniques.

  • Training and experience in the use of GIS (optional).

  • Taking ownership of a project.

  • Learn important skills for this industry.

  • Potential training, subject to requirement.

What’s involved?

  • Gaining knowledge of the Chat Moss reserves and peatland ecology.

  • Evaluating existing areas of sphagnum cover and identifying areas of the site that would be suitable for sphagnum to grow in.

  • Sustainably collecting, propagating and replanting sphagnum mosses around the site.

  • Keeping accurate records of where sphagnum has been introduced (potential for training in, and use of, GIS programmes if interested).

  • Monitoring the development and spread of sphagnum on the site.

  • Becoming familiar with and then following the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times. Some lone working is likely to be involved.

  • Undertaking such other appropriate assistance, as may be reasonably requested by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust manager.

Much of the work will involve moving around in wet and sometimes muddy areas with some bending, lifting and light carrying required to distribute sphagnum around the site. Other duties will involve care and propagation for plants within our polytunnel. Volunteers are encouraged to get in touch, even if they are physically able to carry out only part of the role.

This role will suit people who

  • Want to make a real difference to a nature reserve and the fight against climate change.

  • Enjoy being in outdoor spaces.

  • Are self-reliant with a willingness to get your hands muddy!

  • Can use their own initiative to manage the needs of the role and time availability.

  • Understand the importance in keeping careful records of plant introductions.

  • Enjoy working as a member of a team and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Extra information

Your place

Project based in the Bolton ERC but role will be almost entirely based on Little Woolden Moss nature reserve.

Time commitment

Up to two days a week volunteering.

The role can be very flexible, from just a few hours a fortnight to a couple of days a week depending on volunteer availability. Ideally we would hope a volunteer could give on average around 5 hours/week to the role.

Volunteer Manager

Elspeth Ingleby – Chat Moss Project Officer

01204 663754


LWT Volunteer Induction

Access to the Volunteer Training Programme

Health and Safety

Manual Handling

Eligible to apply for internal vacancies

Equipment required is minimal, but will be supplied by the project.


Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be paid up to a maximum of £4 per day, and other reasonable expenses agreed in advance

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract

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