The Chancellor of the Exchequer met up with volunteers at the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

The charity is working in Wilmslow's Saltersley Moss Nature Reserve to help maintain the fragile wildlife habitat as well as making it accessible to the public.

Mr Osborne said: "I was greatly impressed to see for myself the fantastic work that the Wildlife Trust is doing not just in Wilmslow but throughout Cheshire.

"Their ambitious Living Landscape scheme will see schools, communities and business come together in connecting areas for wildlife - a crucial consideration as our climate changes."

The meres and mosses of Lindow and Saltersley Moss are currently home to the green hairstreak butterfly and an increasing number of water voles.

Dr Janel Fone, chief executive of the trust, said: "We were delighted to welcome Mr Osborne to one of the natural gems within his constituency at Saltersley Moss, and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss a number of local issues affecting the site, but also the broader picture of how the Wildlife Trusts can play a key role in the Government's Big Society - local communities taking local action for wildlife and the environment, both in Cheshire and across the UK."