Highlights of the inaugural Salford Migration Festival

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Photo: Pink-footed Geese (Tony Disley)

A species of Goose that migrates to the UK from its’ breeding grounds on Iceland was the highlight of the inaugural Salford Migration Festival, hosted during the Manchester Science Festival

The Pink-footed Goose is a species that is a huge EcoTourism attraction in Lancashire at sites such as The Fylde, Martin Mere and Southport Marshes, the species presence generates millions of pounds of tourism economic activity, and provides a welcome boost to the Lancashire Tourism Industry during the winter months

This Autumn, flocks of Pink-footed Geese have been feeding around the Salford Mosses, the first 2 birds were spotted on Chat Moss on Field 52 on October 13th, with sightings on the new Lancashire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve on Little Woolden Moss from 24th October of up to 300 birds

Ecologists on Pomona scored a Snipe hat-trick with Jack Snipe, Woodcock and Common Snipe

A big feature of the events were the big numbers of Fieldfares, flying into the UK from Scandinavia, Meadow Pipits and plenty Goldcrest action

Location: Pomona on Salford Docklands

Saturday 31st October 2015


Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Common Snipe, 30 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 50 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting, 70 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye

Location: Salford Mosses (Little Woolden Moss LWT, Great Woolden Moss and Cadishead Moss)

Sunday 1st November 2015


300 Pink-footed Geese, 50 Fieldfare, 70 Redpoll, 2 Skylark, 11 Lapwing, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 20 Linnet, 4 Willow Tit, 11 Grey Partridge, 3 Bullfinch


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