“The Perfect Ten birds of Greater Manchester is a really positive, good news story for the city region… and we have only just got started!”
James Walsh, aka the Mancunian Birder
“The media in Greater Manchester have been great – Granada Reports, That’s Manchester TV, Bolton News, Manchester Evening News, Tameside Correspondent, Quest Media, This Is Lancashire, In Your Area, Greater Manchester Green City Region – gmgreencity.com, Shaw, Crompton and Royton Correspondent have all covered “The Perfect Ten”… in fact it has become such a big story that I had Granada Reports phoning me on the day of the EUROS Final asking for more information about the “Perfect Ten” survey results – it was probably the most positive article on their website that day!”
“Ecology and wildlife can be seen as niche, or just something nice to look at on TV on Countryfile or Springwatch… however, “The Perfect Ten” project has really connected people to the nature on our doorsteps here in Greater Manchester. People are talking about the birds of the boroughs”.
“Andrew Western, then the Green City Region Lead for Greater Manchester, suggested looking for some of “The Perfect Ten” bird species as a healthy, positive exercise during “lockdown” in the summer 2020 “Green City Region” e-newsletter” says James.
“We’ve looked at the statistics on how many people have seen the “Perfect Ten” film clips on social media and how many articles are published online and printed in the newspapers… the “Perfect Ten” project is reaching tens of thousands of people… we really feel that the “Perfect Ten” project is launching ecology into the mainstream in Greater Manchester”.
“There is a real buzz about this project, it’s got people thinking about the Greater Manchester environment … and for the media it’s a good news story at a time when there aren’t many of those about!” says James.
“It’s also been great for promoting the annual Manchester Festival of Nature – we have had to be “virtually” innovative in promoting the festival.”
“We’ve achieved the main aims of the survey – to get an initial public opinion of whether people think that “The Perfect Ten” concept of ten birds to represent the ten boroughs is a good idea and to get an initial public opinion regarding the GMBCR Project’s selections for each borough.”
“The approval ratings were really good – 86% approved of the concept and all ten of the selected birds received 50% or more approval.”
Shaun Hargreaves of the GMBCR Project says “We’ve done our bit, launching “The Perfect Ten” project and co-organising the survey.”
“The GMBCR Project is currently in discussions with the Business Growth Hub about sourcing funding for a “Perfect Ten” Report.”
“It’s also up to individuals, conservation organisations, businesses and Councils to progress the project.”
“The Manchester Festival of Nature organisational committee has started planning for next year’s festival. It would be amazing if the ten Greater Manchester borough Councils can all select an official bird in time for the Manchester Festival of Nature in Heaton Park in June 2022” says James.
The Greater Manchester Perfect Ten Promotional Film
“Perfect Ten bird species selected to represent each Greater Manchester borough”
“Greater Manchester Birding City Region brings you The Perfect Ten”
“Have you seen The Perfect Ten?”
“Have you seen The Perfect Ten?”
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The Perfect Ten Birds of Greater Manchester Survey Results
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