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We have some rather special knitted friends for sale!
£5 each and all proceeds go towards our work supporting the Risley Moss Rangers on and around the moss.
Contact us here if you would like to buy one.

Well also be selling them at Birchwood Shopping Centre on 19th October along with Bird Boxes and feeders As well as 14th December with our reindeer if stocks last! 

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Amphibians and Reptiles of Risley Moss

Just released is a new booklet from Rob Smith detailing the Amphibians and reptiles of Risley Moss.

This Booklet is available from RIMAG at £2.50 per copy, we will have them available at various events over the coming months but if you would like one just e mail us at and we will get back to you.

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Steve and Hazel at their Wedding Party

RIMAG would like to congratulate Steve and Hazel on their wedding and wish them all the best for their future together. Steve and Hazel asked for donations from their guests and all donations collected have been given to RIMAG, we would like to thank them for their very generous donation which will be put to good use helping us to help keep Risley Moss for future generations.

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Hobby at the moss

Hobby (Phil Rees)

I had a quick wander at the moss today to check out the new boardwalk, lots of dragonflies (mostly four spot chasers) and damselflies (Azure and large red).  Then on to the view point over the moss.  Three Hobbies were feeding over the moss.  As I was watching Ste Dodd arrived and we had a great chat and catch up.  He was also on the lookout for hobbies and mentioned that he had seen them feeding over the mini moss.  So the boardwalk could give a great platform from which to view them feeding in close up.  I didn’t get a photo myself but the one above was taken by Phil Rees over the moss a few years ago.

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Our dragonfly pins are proving very popular!
Here we have listed the ways you can get your hands on one:

They are £5 each, make great gifts.

Birch Bark Illustration and Design kindly designed the pins for free.
You can buy them directly from Birch Bark using the link below:
Click here to buy online

You can email us at: and we will try and arrange a time and place to get one to you!

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Risley Moss Observation Tower Replacement

Here is a link to the long awaited response of the council to what is happening towards replacing the Tower that was destroyed by and act of vandalism last year.

WBC stance regarding replacement tower

See what you think and send us a response are post on the facebook link.  As you can see from the press release this is nothing new to those who have followed this but at least we now have something in writing from Warrington Borough Council.

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Best Feet Forward

It is nearly 6 months since arsonists burned down the Risley Moss Cruden Observation Tower and there has been much discussion as to what should replace it.  The good news is that Warrington Borough Council are committed to replacing the old structure, but with what is uncertain at this stage.  Consultations are ongoing and in the New Year there will be a public consultation on the proposals which Risley Moss Action Group (RIMAG) will make public as soon as possible.

Left to right: Paul Speake, Chair of Risley Moss Action Group; Jenny McIntyre, Spectrum committee member; Mark Cozens, Warrington Borough Council Ranger Service and Janet Redpath, Race Director 2017.

RIMAG are coordinating the fund raising efforts of the local community and many donations have been channelled their way.  One such donation came from Spectrum Striders, who used  income from the Birchwood 10K in August to raise a donation of £500. Janet Redpath, the 2017 Spectrum Striders Race Director, along with committee member Jenny McIntyre, presented a cheque to the rebuilding fund. The Race Director said this was a way of the runners putting something back into the community.  The cheque was received by Mark Cozens of the Warrington Borough Council Ranger Service and Dr Paul Speake, Chair of RIMAG.

Groups have also raised funds by completing the Three Peaks Challenge of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis or donating to the fund via a GoFundMe page, along with donations from the Friends of Birchwood Forest Park. Specific fund-raisers have been organised by RIMAG and a trio of local Mums, Emma, Sian and Karen known affectionately as the Coven, who organised the Halloween Event raising £2,500.  The total for the fund now sits at over £7300 and RIMAG intend to organise more events in the coming months.

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Birchwood at 50


12 noon to 15:00

Risley Moss Visitor Centre

Do you remember Bichwood in its early days being converted from the Bomb Factory in to the shopping mall and community.  Do you have any pictures ot the transformation and are you willing to share them for an exhibition at Warrington Museum the click on the link for mor information about a drop in session at Risley Moss Visitor Centre.

Drop in Session Risley moss 12 noon to 3pm 29/11/17

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Fungal Foray 08/10/17



8 October 2017


Thanks to Tom and Ken for their expertise in leading this years Fungal Foray.  Here are some pictures and the full Species list seen on the day.

Tom holding court


Geastrum triplex Collared earthstar

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Auricularia auricula-judaea Jelly Ear

The Whole Basket


Agaricus xanthoderma                                                  Yellow staining mushroom

Annulohypoxylon multiforme                                    Birch Woodwart

Armillaria gallica                                                                Bulbous Honey Fungus

Auricularia auricula-judaea                                        Jelly Ear

Boletus badius                                                                    Bay Bolete

Chondrostereum purpureum                                     Silverleaf Fungus

Clitocybe nebularis                                                          Clouded Funnel

Clitocybe phaeophthalma                                            Chicken Funnel

Clitocybe phyllophylla                                                    Frosty Funnel

Coprinellus disseminatus                                              Fairy Inkcap

Cortinarius hemitrichus                                                 Frosty Webcap

Crepidotus cessatii                                                           Oysterling

Daedalea quercina                                                           Oak Mazegill

Daedaleopsis confragosa                                              Blushing Bracket

Entoloma rhodopolium                                                  Wood Pinkgill

Ganoderma australe                                                       Southern Bracket

Geastrum triplex                                                               Collared earthstar

Hebeloma  leucosarx

Helvella crispa                                                                   White Saddle

Hypholoma fasciculare                                                  Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe geophylla                                                           White Fibrecap

Kuehneromyces mutabilis                                         Sheathed Woodtuft

Laccaria laccata                                                               The Deceiver

Lactarius turpis                                                                Ugly Milkcap

Leottia lubrica                                                                   Jelly Baby

Lepiota boudieri                                                               Girdled Dapperling

Lepiota castanea                                                              Chestnut Dapperling

Lepista flaccida                                                                 Tawny Funnel

Lycoperdon perlatum                                                    Common Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme                                                  Stump Puffball

Lyophyllum connatum                                                  White Domecap

Macrotyphula fistulosa var contorta

Macrotyphula fistulosa                                                Pipe Club

Mycena arcangeliana                                                     Angels Bonnet

Mycena sp

Pholiota squarrosa                                                         Shaggy Scalycap

Piptoporus betulinus                                                     Birch Polypore

Postia (caesia)                                                                   Conifer Blueing Bracket

Rhodocollybia butyracea                                            Butter  Cap

Scleroderma areolatum                                               Leopard Earthball

Scleroderma citrinum                                                   Common Earthball

Stereum  hirstum                                                             Hairy Curtaincrust

Stereum subtomentosum                                           Yellow Curtaincrust

Trametes versicolor                                                        Turkeytail

Tricholoma stiparophyllum

Tubaria furfuracea                                                           Scurfy Twiglet

Xylaria hypoxylon                                                            Candle Snuff/Stags Horn


Tom Ferguson   9-10-17

Ken Burgess

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