Manchester’s urban green spaces and parks provide homes to a vast array of wildlife, and The Friends of Fletcher Moss Park and Gardens are inviting everyone to lend a hand at their BioBlitz event on Saturday 18 May – an exciting race against the clock to discover, identify and record as many species of bird, insect, mammal and plant life as possible from 10.30am-3pm.
The BioBlitz will have a particular focus on the insects that fly, buzz, wriggle and crawl in the habitats around the park and within the nearby Mersey Valley. Experts will be on hand from a number of organisations including Manchester Museum, the RSPB, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside as well as a number of local specialists to help identify what is found. The data recorded will be shared with Greater Manchester Local Records Centre and the National Biodiversity Network and will be used to measure the impact of future conservation work, undertaken in partnership with Manchester City Council, at the site.
At the start of the event there will be a rare opportunity to observe nighttime insects up close, and throughout the day there will be guided walks suitable for all ages that will showcase the range of wildlife that can be found at Fletcher Moss Park. More information about the times of the walks can be found by visiting rspb.org.uk/events and searching for events in Greater Manchester.
Families can also drop-in to take part in fun activities on the day, led by the RSPB and including pond dipping, minibeast hunting and worm charming. These activities count towards the RSPB’s Wild Challenge, a digital rewards scheme to encourage families to get closer to nature all year round by completing fun activities that will help wildlife in their own back garden and the great outdoors. For more information about the Wild Challenge, visit rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge
Venue: Fletcher Moss Park and Gardens. Use the Millgate Lane entrance, M20 2SW. Activities will be signposted upon entering the park.
Contact: For more information, email Mersey.Valley@rspb.org.uk