Premier League Birding

As Manchester City fans all over the world celebrate the Derby Day win, the Mancunian Birder starts a series of articles on the birdwatching areas that are in the vicinity of Premier League Football stadiums

The Etihad Stadium is located in the Medlock Valley on the north-east side of Manchester and is home to Kingfishers, a big Sand Martin colony, Grey Wagtails, Song Thrushes, Bullfinches and Goldfinches

Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats & Blackcaps are present in the Spring & Summer, especially in the area unofficially known as The Delph, near to the Etihad Metrolink station

The skies around the Etihad are the domain of Peregrine Falcons, the fastest bird on the planet, and recently a pair of Ravens were seen flying around the stadium

The area is very green with the Ashton Canal another wildlife corridor that runs through the area known as Eastlands, and the huge Phillip’s Park is just a short walk from the stadium and is home to Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Stock Doves

Manchester City Football Club keep the association with the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Docklands through the ever-present ship on the clubs’ badge

Salford Docklands once saw huge amounts of global trade with a workforce of 5000 dockers, hard-working souls who kept the wheels of industry turning, however, the docks were closed in 1982 and the old Docklands, now known as Salford Quays, have become a wildlife haven, including The Big Five – Kingfisher, Northern Lapwing, Mute Swan, Cormorant and Grey Heron

As an ecologist, I have been recording, monitoring, filming and photographing the wildlife of Salford Docklands, the area of former docklands between Pomona & the Millenium Bridge, for ten years, during my time as a student at the University of Salford and Greater Manchester Ecology Unit

Recently, I have joined a collaboration of ecologists, Journalists, students and academics writing a book about Pomona Docks, a huge area of Greenspace on the south-east side of Salford Docklands

The official launch date for the book is Tuesday 18th October 2016

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