It’s good to see an­i­mals vis­it­ing city

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

HOW do you feel about the ur­ban fox?

Is it a real pain, knock­ing your bins over and leav­ing bin bags shred­ded and all your rub­bish spread across the back gar­den?

Or is it an ab­so­lute treat to see the coun­try­side com­ing into our streets and gar­dens?

Reg­u­lar read­ers will know I am in the lat­ter camp.

I am of­ten quizzed about ur­ban wildlife in all its guises.

We have seen pic­tures of a fox in Me­dia City and heard sto­ries about bins be­ing raided at night.

Pere­grines have nested on top of tall build­ings in Manch­ester, where there are feral pi­geons to feed on.

What joy to know that the world’s fastest crea­ture is breed­ing here.

We have had re­ports of ot­ters along the banks of the Ship Canal and the Ir­well in the city too.

It wouldn’t be a sur­prise as rivers tend to be a path­way from wilder ar­eas, so the odd ot­ter may pass through on the hunt for food.

This path­way idea is one of the rea­sons that wildlife wan­der into our towns and cities.

Rail­way lines need a bit of space around them, and th­ese ar­eas are main­tained once or twice a year.

It leaves an ideal habi­tat for many birds and an­i­mals, def­i­nitely used by foxes.

I was told last week by The Lan­cashire Badger Group that they res­cued a badger from the Arn­dale Cen­tre a cou­ple of years ago and re­turned it to its nat­u­ral habi­tat.

We have re­ports of ravens in Wi­gan town cen­tre. The raven is a rel­a­tively rare bird in towns and is a larger ver­sion of our lo­cal crows and jack­daws. One pair even built a nest on top of the DW Sta­dium, de­spite all the noise.

If you work in a town and city it is nice in spring and sum­mer to try and get in a bit early, have a cof­fee, and sit and lis­ten to the amaz­ing or­ches­tras of song­birds – black­bird, robin, great tit and wren.

It will give you a lift be­fore head­ing into the of­fice. Over the decades we have filched much of the habi­tats of our wildlife. It’s nice to know they don’t bear a grudge and are happy to share our new de­vel­op­ments with us.

To be­come a mem­ber of The re­gion’s Wildlife Trust, go to the web­site www.lanc­swt.org.uk, or call 01772 324129.

●● The fox has es­tab­lished it­self in ur­ban ar­eas

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