Charities working hard to provide homes for wildlife and connect people to nature have joined up with Manchester City Council to plan the Manchester Festival of Nature next year.
And this summer, #MFoN will be at the front of a social media campaign to inform people of how they can get involved in nature in and around the city centre.
City of Trees, The RSPB, The National Trust and The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside have formed The Green Jigsaw, a joint approach to protecting and promoting nature in the city region, which will also involve other organisations, volunteer and friends’ groups, businesses and individuals.
Now, with the help of Manchester City Council, the groups are spearheading the plan to bring a nature celebration to the city in 2019.
To give residents and visitors to the city a taste of some of the events they can get involved in this year, #MFoN will keep them up to date with anything happening on their doorsteps.
This will involve wildlife walks, including outings to see bats, butterflies and birds, surveys as well as a range of volunteering opportunities on nature reserves parks and green spaces across the region.
Alan Wright, from The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, said: “This is all about getting people to recognise and appreciate the wildlife we have in and around Manchester. Getting out into wild places, and there are many in and around the city, is great way to learn about the nature on our doorstep and benefit our health and well-being.”
Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment and Skills, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We're really excited about plans for a Manchester Festival of Nature in 2019, which will offer opportunities for local residents and volunteer groups to work with environmental charities and ourselves for the benefit of the wonderful birds, mammals and bugs we all want to see flourishing.
“There is already plenty going on in Manchester to help wildlife, so make sure you check #MFoN this summer, to discover the free local events and activities at a green space near you.”
Join in the conversation on social media by following #MFoN.