The Big Manc Theory

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The Manchester Science Festival continues until 1st November, celebrating Manchesters’ status as the European City Of Science

For those with a penchant for ecology, Autumnwatch Pomona, Saturday 31st October 11am-2pm, and Salford Mosses Migration Festival, Sunday 1st November 10am-1pm, might just tickle the fancy

Both are inaugural events for the Salford Migration Festival, a celebration of bird migration, reaching its’ peak at this time of year

Autumnwatch Pomona on Saturday 31st October is an event for people interested in seeing bird migration in an urban environment, just one mile from Manchester City centre

Pomona Docks on Salford Docklands has become a peoples’ nature reserve and is famed for hosting migrating birds during the Spring and Autumn as birds’ follow the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell as wildlife corridors’ and Pomona is a strategic place for migrating birds to find food and cover

Sightings so far this Autumn at Pomona include Whinchat, Stonechat and Wheatear

Birds on the move to look out for in big numbers include Meadow Pipit, thrushes and Wood Pigeons, with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds passing through on some days

Weather is an important factor and the forecast is decent – overcast conditions with light South-East winds

Ecologists are on-site from first light collecting data, for the Autumnwatch Pomona event meet at 11am at Pomona Metrolink station

For both events, wear suitable clothing and footwear, and bring binoculars, telescopes, cameras and field guides

The Salford Mosses are known as Salfords’ Serengeti or Salfords’ Rainforest, such is the ecological importance of the mosslands just north of Irlam and Cadishead

The Salford Mosses Migration Festival is a live celebration of the habitat and the migrating birds that visit the area in their thousands

Meet at 10am on New Moss Road car park (turn up New Moss Road at Cadishead library) for a walk up on Cadishead Moss up to the new Little Woolden Moss Lancashire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

For those up for an all-dayer lunch is at Moss Farm on Cutnook Lane north of Irlam and the afternoon birding sesh is on Chat Moss

Short-eared Owls are being seen at various sites on The Moss and Pink-footed Geese flocks have been feeding in the fields with up to 170 birds on the LWT Nature Reserve

Seasonal autumnal magic is on the cards, who knows we might even be finding a monster rare

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