In cleaning up Wythenshawe’s parks and green spaces, we are supporting the environment to benefit our fellow residents and the eco-systems that help the sustainability of the area.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be reviewing the wildlife photos that have come in from across the 5 wards to our website and adding them in here.
We are also interested in making links with groups supporting the local environment such as:
We are also happy to promote the work of The Hulse Towers Hedgehog Refuge.
(Click their photo below to read more)
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We aim to support Manchester City Council’s thoughts on Biodiversity and wildlife:
“Biodiversity is the variety of wildlife and natural spaces on Earth. Cities are great for wildlife, and Manchester has a wealth of interesting places to explore and creatures to see.
Why Biodiversity should be protected
Biodiversity provides us with many benefits that we often take for granted, or don’t even realise. Trees for example, act as air purifiers, helping improve air quality while at the same time providing shade in hot weather and shelter on rainy days. Parks, greenspaces and gardens are nature’s sponges, helping soak up rain water and prevent flooding. And don’t forget, just being around nature can help reduce your stress levels and improve your health and well being.
Find out more about Manchester’s own Biodiversity Action Plan
What you can do to help
There are lots of ways to help encounter, increase and protect Biodiversity in Manchester:
By putting up a nest box, you can encourage birds, bats or even hedgehogs. Put them up in autumn, to allow creatures to get used to them;
Putting up a feeder is an excellent way of encouraging birds into your garden. You can put feed out year-round, but be careful to locate your feeder away from predators such as cats;
Leave an area of your garden to “grow wild”. Leaving grasses and wildflowers to grow provide shelter and food for insects and small mammals;
Plant some wildflowers. The best time to sow is spring, and they are fantastic for bees, birds and insects. You can even sow in pots or window boxes;
If you have space, plant a trees, shrubs and hedges;
Visit one of Manchester’s fine parks or take a trip down one of the River Valleys – and don’t forget your binoculars;
Tell us what you see – it’s important that we have more wildlife records in Manchester, view the local records; and
Support your local park or wildlife group, attend an event – or why not become a member?