Calling all families - muck in for nature at Chorlton Water Park

Jenny Hackland

Friday 21 October 2016

Manchester City Council and the RSPB have joined forces to help give nature a home and are inviting families to get involved.

On Wednesday 26 October, the two organisations are running a special family volunteering event at Chorlton Water Park along with the Friends of Chorlton Water Park group. Visitors can get stuck in helping to give nature a home in the park's wildlife garden, as well as tips on preparing their own gardens and green spaces for nature this winter. All those taking part will have the opportunity to make a bird feeder to take away too.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said:"The event is a great way for families to muck in together, have fun and help nature. The Mersey Valley is home to all sorts of wonderful wildlife that you may not even realise lives here, so why not come along to discover more about the creatures on your doorstep and how you can help them."

Participants can choose either the morning session 10 am-12 pm or afternoon session 1-3 pm. The activities are suitable for all ages and are free but booking in advance is required. Suitable outdoor clothing and strong footwear are needed, all equipment will be provided.

Jenny Hackland from the RSPB said: "With the recent State of Nature report highlighting that sadly, over half of our precious wildlife has declined in the last 50 years, it is important to do all we can to turn its fortunes around. This event will help give nature a home at Chorlton Water Park and the families who take part will gain loads of simple ideas to try out, no matter how big or small a space they have at home."

For more information, or to book, please email or phone 0161 8815639.

Editor's notes

1. Manchester City Council and the RSPB are developing an exciting new vision to connect people with nature in the Mersey Valley. The two organisations are working closely with local people and groups at Chorlton Water Park and Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, to explore ways of encouraging people to do something positive for wildlife, reconnect with nature and help look after the Mersey Valley by getting actively involved.

2. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

3. The Friends of Chorlton Water Park meet on a regular basis and organise events in partnership with Manchester City Council to improve the park. The group welcomes new members, if you would like to get involved or to find out more, contact

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity in England and Wales 207076, in Scotland SC037654.

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

Tagged with: Country: England Topic: Giving Nature a Home