Birds Are The New Global Connection To Salford Docklands


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At the recent North West Film Archive event “Inland Port – Films of the Manchester Ship Canal” showing films recorded in the 20th century when Salfords’ docklands were a major global port, one of the main themes was how connected Salford was to the world through the trading routes and the trade that passed through Salford Docks, with goods being transported to and from many points east, south, west and north, including Canada, USA, Ireland and Mediterranean Europe

Salford Docks, also known as the Port of Manchester, was the engine room for the “Northern Powerhouse” of yesteryear, but in 1982 the working docks closed down, then nature reclaimed the site and birds moved in, thousands of Pochard diving ducks, migrating to the UK from Eastern Europe/Russia, Little Ringed Plovers, warblers and Sand Martins, migrating from the UK from African wintering grounds, thrushes and Waxwings that breed in Scandinavia and migrate to the UK for winter, and the North American connection was retained as Canada Geese began to make the docklands a site for breeding and their summer grounds

Now, more than 125 bird species have been recorded on the docklands, the most recent is Arctic Skua, a bird likely to have been born and bred on the Shetland Isles or the Arctic tundra!

The docklands are a living, breathing ecosystem and that is why it is so important to conserve and enhance the habitats that we do have here

Likewise, for the budding entrepreneurs, the global and seasonal nature of the birds that are visiting the docklands can be utilised, along with the resident Big Five (Kingfisher, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Grey Heron & Cormorant) and Peregrines to promote the site as a place for EcoTourism, for people to visit to see wildlife and learn about the natural world



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