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Hunting the Gruffalo in Irlam and Cadishead on Thursday

Gruffalo-mad kids are in for a treat in Irlam and Cadishead tomorrow as the friendly beast has been let loose on your local nature reserve!

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has a day of family activities at Little Woolden Moss on Thursday 25 August from 1pm to 3pm, all based around the smash-hit kids book and characters.

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Events and activities on Thursday include hunting the Gruffalo, making Gruffalo cakes, and a whole host of arts and crafts pursuits.

“It’s really to get families together outside enjoying nature together,” explained Trust project worker Lydia McCool.

“We want people to join us and make some awesome memories before the school holidays end!

“There’s a whole nature reserve here for local families to enjoy, once they know it’s here.”

For anyone not able to easily access Little Woolden Moss, Lydia is putting on a free minibus to get you to and from Astley Road in Irlam, email lmccool@lancswt.org.uk or call 01204 663754 to book now.

 Little Woolden Moss  © Google Maps

Little Woolden Moss © Google Maps

The Lancashire Wildlife bought a 247-acre site Little Woolden Moss, near Cadishead, with £1m of Heritage Lottery funding in 2013.

Volunteers have been hard at work planting grasses and trees on the former peat extraction site to bring the wildlife haven back to life.

Species including roe deer, brown hare, the chiffchaff and greater spotted woodpecker are already making this area their home.

The mosses have been dubbed ‘Salford’s rainforest’ for their importance to biodiversity and nature.

They store carbon, stopping it from entering the atmoshere and adding to global warming.

Gruffalo Wild Families takes place from 1pm-3pm on Thursday 25 August at Little Woolden Moss nature reserve, M44 5LR.

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