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 contact@rimag.org.uk 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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The iconic observation tower at Risley Moss, destroyed in 2017

Warrington Borough Council secure £250,000 in grant funding

We’re super-excited about WBC’s successful bid. Read more about their plans for a new installation at Risley Moss Nature Reserve on our Tower Page and at the Council’s News Page.

Thanks to everyone in the local community and beyond for their many contributions that raised £10,000 – a sum that was an important contribution to the successful bid.

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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: contact@rimag.org.uk 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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