Discover Greater Manchester wildlife

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Discover Greater Manchester wildlifeDiscover Greater Manchester wildlife

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust covers most of Greater Manchester. We have put together a useful web guide to wildlife sites split by parliamentary constituency. Read on to find wildlife on your doorstep, wherever you live in Greater Manchester.

We cover 18 of the Greater Manchester parliamentary constituencies. The Wildlife Trust owns nature reserves across the area and manages many more on behalf of local authorities. Manchester has a rich scattering of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), European Union Special Areas of Conservation (SACs under the Habitats Directive) and European Union Special Protection Areas (SPAs under the Birds Directive). There are a wealth of further Local Wildlife Sites (known in Manchester as “Sites of Biological Importance”) and Local Nature Reserves.

Visit the Discover Greater Manchester Wildlife of our website to explore wildlife sites from Makerfield in the west to Oldham East & Saddleworth in the east and from Rochdale in the north to Manchester Withington in the south.

Highlighting Manchester Central

Even at the heart of the city, in Manchester Central, we are blessed with a myriad of urban wildlife havens that we need to shout about more. Peregrine falcons have been nesting atop the city centre's buildings, cormorants and kingfisher are seen along Manchester's river corridors, and green lungs breathe life through the constituency.

Wildlife sites in Manchester Central parliamentary constituency

The Wildlife Trust's Moston Fairway nature reserve. Bog habitat like this, with associated sphagnum mosses and newt species, is rare in urban surroundings and this site is the only one of its kind in the city. Its ecological value arises from the diversity of plant and animal communities on site. Spreading Bog-moss and Cotton-grass give the reserve the appearance, in miniature, of the vast mosslands that used to dominate the Mersey Basin. Our education projects in on Moston Fairway are featured as a case study of best practice in Manchester's green infrastructure strategy “Manchester's Great Outdoors”.

Clayton Vale Local Nature Reserve. Over 50ha in size and close to the City of Manchester stadium, this green space running along the River Medlock was reclaimed from landfill by the council in the 1980s and is now full of wildlife.

Boggart Hole Clough Local Nature Reserve. With steep ravines, this dramatic wildlife haven crosses into the north of the constituency from Blackley & Broughton. Its 76ha includes ancient woodland.

The Rochdale Canal SSSI & EU Special Area of Conservation. This ribbon of internationally important wildlife habitat runs along the western edge of Manchester Central. The canal supports a significant population of floating water-plantain in a botanically diverse waterplant community. Kingfisher feed along the waterway and it provides habitat for breeding coot, moorhen and mallard.

Find out about the Kingfisher Trail, a 14 mile recreational route that runs from the West Pennine Moors to Greater Manchester, here.

Visit the Discover Greater Manchester Wildlife section of our website to explore more.