Greater Manchester Birding City Region

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In Greater Manchester we are looking for innovative ideas so that we can truly call ourselves a world-leading Green City Region and to boost investment in the Natural Capital Plan

Greater Manchester Birding City Region is a project that is a world first, no other city region in the world has promoted itself as a “Birding City Region”

James Walsh, aka The Mancunian Birder, the project originator says, “I have been present at a number of business conferences and conducting meetings with potential partners and investors with a view to making this a project that can put Greater Manchester on the world map

The “Big Five” principles of Greater Manchester Birding City Region are:

1. Birding is an effective activity to connect people to nature, especially in urban areas such as Greater Manchester City Region

2. Birding is a springboard / gateway to an interest in / learning more about the environment

3. Bird populations give us information about the health / state of our environment

4. Birding is now an industry and is a form of maximising Natural Capital, especially including Eco-Tourism

5. Birding has mental health and physical health benefits

2018 has been a very interesting year for birding in Greater Manchester, some of the highlights showing the increase in popularity in urban birding – a singing male Wood Warbler in May in Brookdale Park attracting many birders to urban Manchester, a juvenile Rosy Starling in Timperley in October drawing big crowds to a sub-urban area in the south of the City Region, and throughout the spring and summer Black Redstarts were a constant attraction in central Manchester

 

Upcoming Events

Beelines Launch

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6pm-8pm Tuesday 4th December 2018

@ Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

Announcement of “The Birds And The Beelines” project

Free tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-and-cycling-in-greater-manchester-campaign-launch-tickets-52676943155

 

Natural Capital Conference – Investing To A Green Greater Manchester

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https://naturalcourse.co.uk/2018/11/29/greater-manchester-natural-capital-group-annual-conference/

9am-4:20pm Wednesday 30th January 2019

@ Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP

Free Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natural-capital-group-conference-2019-investing-to-green-gm-tickets-52909058418

Conference Schedule:

https://naturalcourse.co.uk/uploads/2018/11/NCG-Conference-Flier.pdf

 

Greater Manchester Green Summit

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The second Greater Manchester Green Summit is on Monday 25th March 2019

 

Links

https://naturalcourse.co.uk/2018/11/02/developing-greater-manchesters-first-natural-capital-investment-plan/

Natural Course Report on the Greater Manchester Natural Capital Investment Plan

https://naturegreatermanchester.co.uk/project/greater-manchester-natural-capital-investment-plan/

Greater Manchester Natural Capital Investment Plan

https://youtu.be/ataRCr1lcEw

Greater Manchester Birding City Region Launch Film

https://mancunianbirder.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/greater-manchester-represented-on-global-big-day-2018/

Global Big Day, May 2018

https://mancunianbirder.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/mancunian-birder-to-cycle-the-tour-de-greater-manchester/

The Birds And The Beelines

https://youtu.be/loDUjd9IZfc

Mancunian Birder in the Altrincham/Timperley area

https://youtu.be/UTnOSoY6lu0

One Day In The Oldham Borough

https://youtu.be/COSUp98r0pM

Oldham Eco-Tour, Alexandra Park

 

 

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The Beautiful North

The Birds And The Bees

Take A Deeper Look And You’ll See

The Beauty Of The North

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Photo: Golden Plovers, Salford Mosses, Greater Manchester

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Photo: Tawny Mining Bee, Kersal Moor, Salford, Greater Manchester

Representatives of the people of North came together for the “People’s Powerhouse” Conference, again in Yorkshire, this time in Bradford on Tuesday 20th November 2018, following the successful inaugural event in Doncaster in 2017

https://thenorthernspring.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/northern-people-power/

A vibrant celebration, this event gives Northern people the opportunity to speak truth to power, to network and to be themselves, especially announcing community projects, it has become a general pow-wow for Northern “tribes” to gather in a relaxed, but formal, business-like environment

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The environment was the subject that I was there to talk about, the event organisers had invited me, upon reading my application, to speak at the “Where is nature and the environment in our vision for the North ?” presentation and workshop, with co-speakers Annie Berrington of Get Out More and Sarah Davies of the Environment Agency, and host Graham Duxbury of Groundwork

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The North of England has some of the most beautiful wildlife, environment and scenery in the world, the Lake District, the River Eden, Morecambe Bay, Walney Island, the Northumberland coast, the Farne Islands, the North York moors, the Yorkshire coast, the Don Valley in Sheffield, the Lancashire hills, The Fylde, the Peak District and the Mersey Estuary, we have Red Grouse, Ospreys and Otters, millions of birds fly from their African wintering grounds to breed in the North of England in the summer, and millions of birds, waders, swans, geese and ducks fly into the North of England from the Arctic Circle, Iceland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe to winter on our estuaries, marshes and lakes, and nature thrives even in some of the most urban and industrialised areas – Black Redstarts and Peregrines are in many of our Northern cities and towns

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So why is the North still thought of as the “desolate North” ? Why have we not shaken off the image of the Industrial Revolution ? Why is there still not much sign of “mindfulness” of our environment ? Why haven’t we got an organisation promoting Eco-Tourism in the North of England ? Where are all the “green jobs” that we need to secure our climate and our future ?

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In Greater Manchester we have the ambition and potential to be a world-leading Green City Region and this could be the start of a “green renaissance” in the North of England, with culture change on a massive scale as ecology reaches parity of esteem with economy, maximising Natural Capital, bringing the environment to the fore of people’s conscious and huge investment in the “green jobs of the future”, jobs in renewable energy, jobs as ecologists, jobs monitoring the greenhouse effect, climate change, air quality and species decline, jobs in permaculture, Eco-Tourism, creating and managing nature reserves, and rewilding the countryside – a truly green economy

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Let’s think big, how about a “Green Atlantic Gateway” based on linking up the wildlife sites and nature reserves along the Manchester Ship Canal and the Mersey Estuary, a “Fylde Future” project based on promoting Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture and Eco-Tourism on The Fylde in Lancashire and a “North England Eco-Tourism” organisation to promote sustainable tourism that educates people about our unique environment, and shows them the true beauty of the North!

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We have the opportunity for culture change (some might say “culture change not climate change!”) on a huge scale, how about we start celebrating the Red Grouse, the one bird species in the UK that is found no-where else in the world ? Rather than celebrating shooting them now that we understand our moorland eco-systems from a much more ecological point of view ? This bird represents some of our most beautiful scenery in the North, the uplands, and provokes images of glorious, rugged heather moorland and I believe if the North had a flag this bird should be on it, perhaps alongside the Northern Lapwing!

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Instead of subsidising the fossil fuel industries, let’s subsidise and invest in the green jobs of the future – this is our time! The Northern Greenhouse IS the “People’s Powerhouse”

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James Walsh, aka The Mancunian Birder, is the author of “The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision Of The North”, “The Big 400 – A Personal Journey To 400 UK Bird Species”, “The Birds of Salford Docklands” and “Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona”

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“The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision Of The North”

“The Big 400 – A Personal Journey To 400 UK Bird Species”

“The Birds of Salford Docklands”

“Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona” (now available as a free e-book)

Northern Greenhouse – November 2018 Events

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2018 is the year that environmental issues went mainstream with the publication of the United Nations IPCC Report and the World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report, and increasing evidence of “climate breakdown” and species decline actually making the mainstream news

It is also the year that Greater Manchester announced the intention to be a world-leading Green City Region at the inaugural Green Summit in March, and a second Green Summit is planned for Monday 25th March 2019

In December 2018, world leaders gather for COP24 in Katowice, Poland, at what should be an emergency summit for the global environment

In this context, a series of events on the environment of the North of England are timely, introducing a number of themes such as climate change, the green economy, creating resilient cities, urban nature and celebrating the environment

 

Northern Greenhouse Presentation and Workshop

Date: Tuesday 20th November

Time: 11:45am-12:45pm

Venue: The People Are The Powerhouse Conference, Northern Commercials Stadium, Bradford City FC, Bradford, Yorkshire

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-people-are-the-powerhouse-convention-tickets-47899990160

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Speakers: James Walsh (Author, ecologist, freelance journalist)

Annie Berrington (Get Out More)

Sarah Davies (Environment Agency)

Chair: Sarah Longlands (IPPR)

https://peoplespowerhouse.org.uk/index.php/events/programme

Where is nature and the environment in our vision for the North ?

In all the talk of economy, skills and infrastructure, our environment barely gets a mention. As a “People’s Powerhouse”, we need to put nature at the heart of the discussion

It’s a misconception that we must choose between economic development and sustaining nature. In fact, protecting our natural assets is the only way we will have a North worth living in. From upland trees to mitigate flooding to urban parks that will provide spaces to address our mental health and obesity crises, nature needs to be fought for and celebrated in our campaign to create a better North for everyone

Hear about Get Out More’s experiences and from the Northern Greenhouse which is gaining increasing prominence in mainstream politics

 

Green Infrastructure

Date: Wednesday 21st November

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Venue: The Pier 8 Room, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-contribution-of-trees-and-gi-green-infrastructure-to-creating-resilient-cities-tickets-51135529746

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The contribution of trees and Green Infrastructure to creating resilient cities

 

“Salford Wetland” Film Screening

Date: Thursday 22nd November

Time: 7pm-9pm

Venue: The Star Inn, 2 Back Hope Street, Salford, Greater Manchester M7 2FR

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A screening of the recently premiered, new Nature In Salford film looking at the brand new Castle Irwell Urban Wetlands nature reserve, a quality production from wildlife film-maker and presenter, Luke Blazejewski

“Salford Wetland”, the follow-up to “Stories of the River Irwell” and “The Birds of Peel Park” shows what can be achieved when people work together and gives an insight into a unique urban environment, the Irwell Valley

 

North-West Bird Fair 2018

Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November

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A two day celebration of the birds and the environment of North-West England at the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust nature reserve in Lancashire

https://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/north-west-bird-watching-festival-p898550

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/experience/north-west-bird-watching-festival/

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“Understanding Climate Change”

Monday 26th November

Time: 7:30pm

St Pauls Kersal and St Andrews Carr Clough, Moor Lane, City of Salford, Greater Manchester M7 3PZ

A “Friends of Kersal Moor” Event

 

“Salford Wetland” Film Screening

Date: Wednesday 28th November

Time: 7pm-8:30pm

Venue: Bread and Roses, 14 North Parade, Bradford, Yorkshire BD1 3HT

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep-off-the-grass-a-journey-into-salfords-urban-wildlife-tickets-51767337500

Wildlife film-maker and presenter Luke Blazejewski takes the film “Salford Wetland”, a quality production highlighting the wildlife of the Castle Irwell Urban Wetlands nature reserve, on tour to a co-operative café in Bradford, Yorkshire

 

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Photo: Singing Wood Warbler, Brookdale Park, Greater Manchester, Spring 2018 – birdwatching can be a large part of building Greater Manchester Green City Region

 

LINKS

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Northern-Greenhouse-New-Vision-North-ebook/dp/B073WCV4FN

“The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision Of The North”

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4360

Salford Star article on “The Northern Greenhouse” book

https://youtu.be/6keMu3aAHpw

“The Northern Greenhouse” Promotional Film

https://youtu.be/CSc6F1VmXt8

“The Journey To Zero Carbon”

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2018/oct/08/ipcc-climate-change-report-urgent-action-fossil-fuels-live

IPCC Climate Change Report Calls For Urgent Action To Phase Out Fossil Fuels

http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/heres-what-it-would-take-to-stop-climate-change-sooner/

Here’s What It Would Take To Stop Climate Change Sooner

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/living-planet-report-2018

https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/publications/1187/files/original/LPR2018_Full_Report_Spreads.pdf

The Living Planet Report

https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/info/20005/green_city_region

Greater Manchester Green City Region

https://vimeo.com/113376506

Stories Of The River Irwell

 

 

Salford Wetland Film Premiere

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Nature In Salford wildlife presenter Luke Blazejewski premieres “Salford Wetland”, a film on the ecology of the new Castle Irwell Urban Wetlands Nature Reserve

SALFORD WETLAND – A FILM PREMIERE

6:30pm-8:30pm Monday 22nd October 2018

Venue: Salford Council Chambers, Salford Civic Centre, Swinton M27 5AW

Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7pm

“Salford Wetland” is the third in a trilogy of films on the Irwell Valley, the follow-up to “Stories of the River Irwell” and “The Birds Of Peel Park”

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Luke is a specialist on the River Irwell and has an intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna of this fascinating, urban wildlife corridor

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Having worked with Luke on several projects, including “Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona”, a book about the ecology and potential of Salford’s docklands, I can vouch for Luke’s deep understanding of wildlife, attention to detail, work ethic and ability to communicate scientific themes

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Therefore, I have no doubts at all that “Salford Wetland” should be a very interesting film, looking at an exciting new nature reserve that launched on World Wetlands Day in February 2018

All the tickets have been snapped up very quickly so I look forward to watching this film with a packed house

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @NatureInSalford

Instagram: @luke_blazejewski

Twitter: @MancunianBirder

Instagram: @mancunianbirder

 

LINKS

https://youtu.be/0zh2JCeATh4

The launch of Castle Irwell Urban Wetlands Nature Reserve

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https://vimeo.com/113376506

“Stories Of The River Irwell”

https://issuu.com/livinginfutureecologies/docs/fruitful_futures_imagining_pomona

“Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona”

https://youtu.be/IzJhJ2QLWNU

That’s Manchester – Pomona Island Explored In New Book

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Mancunian Birder To Cycle The Tour de Greater Manchester

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Photo: James Walsh, aka The Mancunian Birder, is cycling a “Tour de Greater Manchester” to raise money for charity and raise awareness about the environment

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Image: Global Big Day, on Saturday 6th October 2018, birders around the world are in the field attempting to record as many bird species as possible

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Image: Greater Manchester Birding City Region

James Walsh, also known as The Mancunian Birder, is cycling a “Tour de Greater Manchester” on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018 to raise money for charity and to promote the environment of Greater Manchester

“I’m participating in Global Big Day on Saturday 6th October and in the Manchester 50 Kidneys For Life cycle ride on Sunday 7th October”

“These 2 events just happened, through co-incidence, to be happening on consecutive days, so I’m combining the two in a celebration of cycling and the environment”

“I’m participating in these events as a supporter of the Mayor’s “Greater Manchester Green City Region” project, Oldham Council’s “Green Oldham” project and also “Beelines”, Chris Boardman’s walking & cycling project”

“In effect there are 2 stages, on Stage 1 on the Saturday I’ll be cycling around the picturesque, upland reservoirs in the North of Greater Manchester and on Stage 2 on the Sunday I’ll be cycling the Manchester 50 around the suburbs of Southern Greater Manchester”

“Stage 1 has an international vibe as I’ll be participating in Global Big Day in Greater Manchester, the world’s first Birding City Region”

“Stage 2 is the “Kidneys For Life” Manchester 50 event celebrating 50 years of Kidney Transplantation at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, cycling 50 kilometres through the Mersey Valley, Dunham Massey and Carrington Moss”

“In effect these events are about the birds and the beelines!”

 

LINKS

https://ebird.org/octoberbigday

Global Big Day – 6th October 2018

https://ebird.org/globalbigday

Global Big Day – May 2018

https://mancunianbirder.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/greater-manchesters-natural-capital/

Greater Manchester’s Natural Capital

https://mancunianbirder.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/greater-manchester-represented-on-global-big-day-2018/

Greater Manchester Represented On Global Big Day, Saturday 5th May 2018

https://youtu.be/ataRCr1lcEw

Greater Manchester Birding City Region

https://youtu.be/RAsyR93hnjo

Green Oldham

https://youtu.be/UTnOSoY6lu0

One Day In The Oldham Borough

https://mancunianspring.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/traffords-ecotourism-potential/

Trafford Eco-Tourism Potential

https://kidneysforlife.org/event/50thcycle/

Manchester 50 Cycle Ride

https://www.tfgm.com/made-to-move/beelines

Chris Boardman – Statement on Beelines / Made To Move

https://assets.ctfassets.net/nv7y93idf4jq/6J11U1IT8kAq2oCISoEGYy/ae9e07dd0974abcfdb3434cdff46ab5b/Beelines.pdf

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https://assets.ctfassets.net/nv7y93idf4jq/1XtfykQs0g22g8cYCyoAag/dee5732015f23c5df3a338afc2353b74/Made_to_Move.pdf

Made To Move

 

Mancunian Birder Now On Instagram

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Photo: A VIEW FROM THE NORTH ! James Walsh, author, ecologist and birder, is now on Instagram

Follow on Instagram: @mancunianbirder

https://www.instagram.com/mancunianbirder/

James Walsh, aka The Mancunian Birder, is the author of “Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona”, “The Birds of Salford Docklands”, “The Big 400” and “Northern Greenhouse”

James says “I’m looking forward to joining the Instagram scene, I’ll be sharing content, giving “A View From The North”, and bringing birding to the masses”

“Fruiftul Futures: Imagining Pomona” now available as a free e-book

 

“The Birds of Salford Docklands” now available on Amazon Kindle

“The Big 400 – A Personal Journey To 400 UK Bird Species” now available on Amazon Kindle

“The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision Of The North” now available on Amazon Kindle

 

The Peoples Walk For Wildlife

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Photo: James Walsh, The Mancunian Birder, at the “Peoples Walk For Wildlife” banner, British Bird Fair 2018

(Credit: Shaun Hargreaves)

 

THE MANCUNIAN BIRDER TO JOIN THE “PEOPLES WALK FOR WILDLIFE” ON SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2018

James Walsh, also known as The Mancunian Birder, is to join the “Peoples Walk For Wildlife” on Saturday 22nd September 2018 in London

James, the author of “The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision of the North”, is representing the North of England on the Peoples Walk For Wildlife, and is encouraging all Northerners who care about our wildlife, and the big issues of our time such as climate change, species decline, pollution and habitat loss to participate

“The Peoples Walk For Wildlife is not a protest, it is a polite, very firm request for urgent action from all of society, including government”

“I’ll be using all my experience as an event promoter to publicise the Peoples Walk For Wildlife”

“In my book The Northern Greenhouse, I call for a new approach, for a transition to a green economy based on EcoTourism, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture”

“Initiatives such as Greater Manchester Green City Region and the Green Oldham project are encouraging, but we need urgent change in the way that we treat our wildlife and the environment”

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Links

https://youtu.be/EX0nCjqLSbs

Film: Mancunian Birder “The Peoples Walk For Wildlife”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073WCV4FN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_pmNzzbYJ85MRC

“The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision Of The North”

https://youtu.be/6keMu3aAHpw

“Northern Greenhouse” Promotional Film

https://youtu.be/RAsyR93hnjo

James Walsh “Green Oldham” Promotional Film

https://youtu.be/ataRCr1lcEw

Greater Manchester Birding City Region

https://youtu.be/UTnOSoY6lu0

One Day In The Oldham Borough

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/the-peoples-walk-for-wildlife

The event host is Chris Packham, from BBC’s Springwatch

http://www.nationalparkcity.london/imagine/10-make-a-difference/92-join-the-people-s-walk-for-wildlife

National Park City London – Join The “Peoples Walk For Wildlife”