Real buzz in Me­di­aCity as wildlife steals show

Middleton Guardian - - WILDLIFE -

WHAT would you call a group of 60 con­ser­va­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tors? A cache? A cre­ative? A con­ver­sa­tion?

Well, that was the flock I was meet­ing up with at Me­di­aCity, Sal­ford Quays, this week. It was an op­por­tu­nity to meet my peers and lis­ten to some amaz­ing speak­ers from the world of wildlife jour­nal­ism.

Me­di­aCity may seem a strange place for such a gath­er­ing but, like any­where, there was plenty of wildlife in and around the venue.

It is in­spir­ing that such a built-up, work­ing en­vi­ron­ment still plays home to some crack­ing wildlife. I have seen pic­tures of foxes there, pos­si­bly at­tracted by rab­bits in the area.

Ev­ery time I go there I see cor­morants. This is a bird that was com­mon on lakes and rivers all over the north west be­fore it was pretty much driven out to the coast. Now we are see­ing an in­land come­back and Me­di­aCity is the place to spot them.

Cor­morants are not wa­ter­proof and that is why you see them on buoys on the Ship Canal with their wings out­stretched.

You will also see plenty of gulls on the water, mainly black-headed, but less com­mon kinds have also been spot­ted in Sal­ford. I was in the area when a great north­ern diver was seen – and I saw it.

This bird, with a black and white checked body and black head, is gen­er­ally only seen on our coast. It was an ex­cit­ing mo­ment to see a bird I had never seen be­fore.

It will be lovely in sum­mer wan­der­ing around Sal­ford Quays sur­rounded by bird song and see­ing bum­ble­bees and but­ter­flies in these un­likely places.

Wildlife is very hardy and will do well in our hu­man towns and cities, so we can wel­come it by pro­vid­ing plants, trees and feed­ers in gar­dens and com­mu­nity spa­ces.

The Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Mersey­side is ded­i­cated to the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of the wildlife in Lan­cashire, seven bor­oughs of Greater Manch­ester and four of Mersey­side, all ly­ing north of the River Mersey. It man­ages around 40 na­ture re­serves and 20 lo­cal na­ture re­serves cov­er­ing acres of wood­land, wet­land, up­land and meadow. The trust has 29,000 mem­bers, and more than 1,200 vol­un­teers. To be­come a mem­ber of the trust, go to lanc­swt.org.uk or call 01772 324129. For more in­for­ma­tion about Cheshire Wildlife Trust, call 01948 820728 or go to cheshirewil­dlifetrust. org.uk.

A cor­morant dries its wings

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