We want to help reconnect people with their gardens and local green spaces in Manchester, creating wildlife corridors and green networks for both people and wildlife to move through.
Making Manchester a My Wild City
Our vision is for everyone living, working and studying in Manchester to help transform work places, gardens and our open spaces into a city-wide nature reserve.
Together we can create a nature-rich city that puts wildlife right on our doorsteps, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife every day.
If we connect habitats and green spaces, we can create wildlife corridors – ‘green highways’ that enable wildlife to move easily around the city and that link up to the countryside in Greater Manchester and beyond.
We have teamed up with Manchester City Council to improve the understanding of wildlife in the city. Together we are developing and delivering an exciting new 10-year vision for biodiversity in Manchester.
Whether you live, work or go to school in Manchester, there are lots of ways you can get involved today. If you notice and appreciate wildlife, we can all help to protect it.
Find out more about My Wild City
My Wild City is our campaign that aims to reconnect people with their gardens, green spaces and the wildlife living within them. To do this we must link up our green spaces and gardens to save local wildlife.
The My Wild City scheme is a Wildlife Trust initiative and is already running very successfully in several cities including Bristol, Cardiff, London and Leeds. We want to add Manchester to the list of Wild Cities, but we need your help.
Living in an industrial city can sometimes make you feel as if you are disconnected from nature. However, a survey in 2016-2018 led by Manchester Metropolitan University called ‘My Back Yard’, found that 49% of Manchester’s land cover is made up of green and blue (water) spaces. Collectively, gardens make up 20% of this green space across Manchester - so the power is in all of our hands to get stuck in and make a difference.
My Wild Stories
Manchester’s wildlife holds an immense value for everyone living, working, studying and visiting our city. This intrinsic relationship goes right back to the industrial revolution when residents would ride through the streets on their bikes planting trees, it is even embodied in our symbol, the worker bee, which adorns the streets of Manchester.
Urban wildlife offers important moments of calm to the otherwise chaotic world of living in such a vibrant and colourful city, our case studies highlight these important moments and encourage each and every one of us to do more to ensure our cities stay wild for generations to come.
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How can I get involved?
We need your help to make Manchester wild.
Browse through the sections below to find out about the different ways you can get involved in our project. Could you make your school, office or garden a more wild place for everyone to enjoy?
Perhaps you're looking for some actions you can take right now to help make Manchester more wild? Check out our 'My Wild Life' page by clicking here or on the image below.
Your actions count
If everyone in Manchester does just one thing for wildlife we can make a real difference.
By ordering your My Wild Garden pack or taking simple changes to make your life more wild, you are helping your local wildlife.
Your input will be added to the map below using your postcode, to show you the bigger network you are part of and the impact you are making.
This information will then be sent off to Manchester Metropolitan University for research to help local wildlife.
My Wild City is a Lancashire Wildlife Trust project working in partnership with Manchester City Council and funded by Esmee Fairburn Foundation.