Industrial Wildlife on the Kingfisher Trail

The Kingfisher Trail is a 14 mile recreational route which connects the rural West Pennine Moors to the urban communities of Bolton, Bury and Salford. The route provides a recreation resource which has the potential to be regionally important for people, wildlife and heritage.

Read our latest blogs below...

September 2017 - A colourful account of a fun and educational day at our second Kingfisher Trail Festival of the summer, at Clifton Country Park, Salford.

June 2017 - Community groups across Bolton have come together to form the Bolton Forum for Greenspace (BFG) – a collection of like-minded groups who maintain and celebrate some of the town's key green spaces...

April 2017 - We take a guided walk the industrial heritage of this section of our magnificent Kingfisher Trail.

January 2017 - A tour of Prestwich Forest park, which touches on an historical past and some exciting plans for the future... 

August 2016 - A colourful account of a butterfly walk and a bat walk on the Seven Acres.

July 2016 - Some members of the Trust were treated to a guided walk illustrating what a wildlife haven the trail is!

June 2016 - We enjoyed an unBEElievable day looking for bumblebees on Nob end SSSI.

There is also special Kingfisher Trail comic, where a new page is released each month to coincide with a dramatic storytelling walk out on site. Click below to read...

You can find out more about this initiative here.

About the project

Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working on individual sites along the Kingfisher Trail for over 20 years. Sites include Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, Leverhulme Park Local Nature Reserve and Nob End SSSI.

However, this is the first time we have had the resources to focus on its entire length which is extremely exciting and vital linked to the poor condition and lack of awareness of the route amongst the public.

The Trail and sites through which it runs have something to offer for everybody:

  • The landscape has been shaped by our industrial and social heritage. At many points along the Trail this heritage is clearly visible – allowing us to learn what has shaped our present day communities and lives
  • The fantastic diversity of wildlife including birds, mammals, wild flowers and insects offer opportunities for nature lovers and school groups to observe and learn about their local wildlife
  • The length of the route and its links with other key recreation routes provides a range of different offers – from challenging long walks to short strolls
  • The beautiful views and tranquillity of many of the sites provides everyone with an opportunity to de-stress and improve their wellbeing.

Linked to the diverse value of this landscape, there are already a number of dedicated organisations and community groups working hard to improve, promote and maintain sites along the corridor. Several of these helped influence and shape the content of the project during its development stages.

Now that funding has been secured, Lancashire Wildlife Trust recognises it is vital that there is increased involvement and co-ordination of different organisations and community groups working along the landscape.

Our ambition is that different organisations and groups recognise the value of the landscape as a whole and share resources, knowledge and expertise to help improve its long-term value for wildlife and communities.

What the project will do

The key aim of the project is to improve, promote, celebrate and engage people with the Kingfisher trail.

We want the Kingfisher Trail to be one of the most important areas in Greater Manchester for people to engage with nature, learn about their local heritage and have fun with their families, friends and communities.

During the first 6 months we will be working with a wide range of organisations and community volunteers to assess the heritage, biodiversity and community value of the Trail and landscape through which it runs.

The information gathered during this period will help inform:

  • The revised route of the Kingfisher Trail and the ways in which we interpret and communicate its specific heritage, biodiversity and community value
  • The priorities for practical habitat and access improvements delivered with community volunteers
  • The type of community engagement activities we deliver and where to increase participation and value of local communities with the Trail

How you can help

We need YOUR help! The first 6 months of this project will be focused on assessing the state of the Kingfisher Trail and gathering information on the biodiversity, heritage and community value of both the Trail and its surrounding landscape. So, if you are...

  • Interested in surveying wildlife
  • Passionate about local history
  • Keen to develop resources on the heritage of our landscape
  • Have good people skills and recognise the value in ensuring that locals are listened to

... please get in touch!

All abilities and interests are very welcome and as a volunteer we can provide you with a wide variety of training opportunities and ongoing support.

Contact us

For more details or any enquires please contact our Project Officer, Stephen Cartwright.

T: 01204 663 754