Discover the Wildlife of the Mersey Valley this Autumn

RSPB Northern England

Monday 9 October 2017

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the amazing wildlife Manchester’s Mersey Valley has to offer, and the RSPB is running a number of events during half term to encourage everyone to get outdoors and see what they can discover.

As part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s ‘Autumn Walking Week’, wildlife discovery walks are being held at both Fletcher Moss and Chorlton Water Park. On Tuesday 24 October, participants in the ‘Woodland Bird Walk’ at Fletcher Moss will be guided through the wonderful woodland and encouraged to find out more about the range of species that make their home there. A walk from Chorlton Water Park on Wednesday 25 October will take in the River Mersey, as well as the lakes and wetlands around the Mersey Valley that provide a home for a range of wetland birds and other wildlife. 

Both of these fairly easy walks are buggy accessible and start at 11am. They will be around 3 miles in distance and refreshments will be provided afterwards. Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing and bring binoculars if they have them, although a small number will be available to borrow on the day. 

Families are also invited to join in an ‘Autumn Wild Challenge’ event at Chorlton Water Park on Wednesday 25 October. The RSPB will be running a variety of free nature discovery activities, such as bird feeder making, and encouraging families to earn rewards by continuing their Wild Challenge in their own back garden and the great outdoors.. Drop in to the event any time from 10am until 3pm. 

Venue: Fletcher Moss ‘Woodland Bird Walk’ - meet at the Visitor Centre, Fletcher Moss Park and Gardens. Use the Millgate Lane entrance, M20 2SW. 

Mersey Valley ‘Wildfowl and Wetland Bird Walk’ – meet at the Information Point, Chorlton Water Park. Use the Maitland Avenue entrance, M21 7ND. 

‘Autumn Wild Challenge’ at Chorlton Water Park – activities will be taking place by the lake. Use the Maitland Avenue entrance, M21 7ND. 

Contact: Booking is required for both walks – to book your space or for more information about any of the events, please email 

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

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