Delamere Forest provides the stunning backdrop to TV coverage of two conservation projects featured in the new series of ITV Countrywise next week.
On Monday, November 2, important conservation work in the Cheshire beauty spot will be the focus of a short film within the programme which is presented by biochemist and zoologist Liz Bonnin.
Liz and the Countrywise team visited restoration sites in Delamere Forest in June where they spoke to Cheshire Wildlife Trust about the mossland restoration and white-faced darter dragonfly reintroduction projects they have been carrying out in partnership with the Forestry Commission.
The feature, which includes impressive aerial footage of the forest, will also explain the restoration work the Forestry Commission began and continues to carry out to protect and conserve the area as part of the partnership.
Delamere mossland officer Katie Piercy said: “Cheshire’s meres and mosses are some of our rarest habitats. There are mosslands here within the forest that were created thousands of years ago. They shelter fascinating creatures like the carnivorous round-leaved sundew and the tiny creeping cranberry plant.
“Crucially, mossland pools provide habitat for specialist species such as the white-faced darter dragonfly. The dragonfly became extinct from Delamere in 2003, but thanks to successful mossland restoration work we are working with the Forestry Commission and Natural England to reintroduce it.
“We hope this programme will capture the public’s imagination and encourage people to learn more about these fascinating habitats, their rare and unusual creatures and what’s being done to protect them.”
This episode of Countrywise is scheduled to air on ITV at 8pm on Monday, November 2.
For more information about the Delamere’s Lost Mosses and Delamere’s Dragons projects, visit: www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/delamere.