Get your wellies on to make a difference for wildlife this spring

Jenny Hackland

Thursday 9 March 2017

With spring just around the corner, the RSPB and Manchester City Council are calling on residents of South Manchester to make a difference to the habitats on their doorsteps by getting involved in practical conservation sessions in the Mersey Valley. The Friends of Chorlton Meadows, Friends of Chorlton Water Park and Friends of Fletcher Moss and Parsonage Gardens work tirelessly throughout the year to maintain and improve green spaces that are so important for wildlife and visitors alike, and are looking for new members to help with their work.

The sessions are a great way of meeting new people, learning new skills and getting outdoors - as well as contributing to making local green spaces a fantastic place for wildlife and people.

The Friends of Chorlton Meadows run practical volunteering sessions every Tuesday from 9.30 am-12.30 pm around Chorlton Ees and Ivy Green Local Nature Reserve. They focus on seasonal tasks, such as hedge-laying and balsam removal and also run occasional weekend sessions. For more information, email davegbishop@aol.com, call 0161 881 6276, or follow them on Facebook.

The Friends of Chorlton Water Park run fortnightly sessions on Wednesdays from 11 am-1 pm. Recent tasks have included planting a native hedge in the bird feeding area and seasonal maintenance of the wildlife garden. To find out more, email friendsofcwp@gmail.com, call 0161 881 5639 or follow them on Facebook.

The Friends of Fletcher Moss and Parsonage Gardens run twice weekly sessions, on Tuesdays from 9.30 am at Parsonage Gardens and Wednesdays from 1.15 pm at Fletcher Moss Park. They focus on gardening and maintenance tasks as well as creating wildlife habitats. For more information, visit their website at fletchermossgardens.org.uk, email awhill@globalnet.co.uk or call 07719 659 689.

For all the sessions tools, gloves and equipment are provided. Be sure to wear suitable outdoor clothing including sturdy footwear.

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, Chorlton Meadows 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.

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

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