Cyclists are being asked to help with nature conservation work along the Liverpool Loop Line.
Sustrans has been awarded new funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to record and conserve local wildlife and is looking for volunteers to help.
Those taking part will help manage habitats to protect and attract a wide variety of plants and animals, as well as running wildlife themed events around the 13-mile Liverpool Loop Line, which is traffic-free and runs from Halewood to Aintree.
The Liverpool City Region project is part of a wider Sutrans initiative which will see the charity continue and expand its wildlife conservation work across cycling and walking routes across the National Cycle Network.
The charity is receiving £400,000 over three years to achieve the goal.
Sustrans ecologist David Watson says: “We’re delighted to receive this funding to help us continue wildlife conservation along the National Cycle Network. Liverpool Loop Line is a well-used path for bats, hedgehogs, birds and insects, as well as people. Linear paths without the disturbance of traffic help plants and animals to move around to find food and reach new habitats, which makes them more resilient in the long term.
“We urgently need volunteers in Liverpool so if you would like to get involved in monitoring wildlife on the loop please get in touch.”
Cyclists in the Liverpool City Region who are interested in becoming a wildlife champion can email firstname.lastname@example.org