Whalley Range Mobile Mast Now 5G!

Readers of this site may remember last year that a Planning Application was submitted twice to Manchester City Council to upgrade the mobile mast on Withington Road to 5G.  As a result of objections being raised against this on both occasions the Planning Application was subsequently withdrawn.  However, WR4Wildlife has since discovered as of last week that this mobile mast is actually now being upgraded to 5G.

Please read the statement from local Councillor Angeliki Stogia which is reproduced below and was originally posted on the Whalley Rangers FB Group:

“I am very disappointed to report what we have uncovered about the crane on the corner of Range/Withington Road. For those that have not been out, a crane appeared Tuesday afternoon, we were notified by residents who enquired what is going to be built. Having made ongoing enquiries since the crane appeared we are now advised that the works entailed swapping out existing antennae for 5G antennae. The planning department has confirmed that this is allowed under planning legislation and that a formal planning application is not needed when the mast owners are using existing infrastructure. This means that there was no community consultation because the works have been done under permitted development. As Councillors, we supported the community last time to object to this mast when it was presented as a planning application. Now neither we nor local residents can object or stop what has happened.”

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIODIVERSITY 2020

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIODIVERSITY 2020

Today is International Day for Biodiversity 2020, and the text below is taken from the Gaia Foundation who bring stories of care, resilience and revival from Mother Earth’s best custodians- Indigenous peoples and local communities.

“This year’s International Day for Biodiversity will focus on the assertion that ‘Our Solutions are in Nature’. No one embodies this fact more than Indigenous peoples and local communities, who, through their deep connections with their territories, their world-views and ways of life, show us how to nurture life on Earth.

This is why, while many look to governments, economists and international institutions for leadership at this time of multiple crises, we are looking to the grassroots for guidance and inspiration to make the systemic changes required of us now. 

To transform our societies, our ways of living and working, to be in greater harmony with Nature, we need to listen to and learn from those who have maintained this harmony, often despite centuries of prejudice and repression.

“There is no God bigger than the sun, the moon, the air and the water… No matter how tall our buildings get and how high in the sky we fly, if we don’t respect Nature then it won’t respect us either.”- Sipa Melo, Idu Mishmi Shaman

Today, as we celebrate our planet’s wondrous, endangered diversity, the Gaia Foundation invite you to join us in this listening and learning through the stories they share.”

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https://www.gaiafoundation.org/

If you feel inspired, please consider:

  • Sharing these stories with your networksand on Twitter and Facebook using #NurtureLife and #InternationalBiodiversityDay
  • Supporting our workalongside Earth’s best custodians with a donation.
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Happy May Day!

 

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EARTH DAY MEGA-CONFERENCE 2020 TOMORROW – 22nd April – Free Online Educational Talk for Children about Endangered Orangutans

 

Do you have children who are stuck at home, or are you a kid at heart? If so, join us LIVE FROM LONDON with Ben Callison (Managing Director of Borneo Orangutan Survival UK BOS-UK) this Earth day – 22nd April at 12:45pm (BST).

Ben will be giving an online educational talk tomorrow for children (9+ in age), so please join us from the comfort of your home and learn how we are working to save the critically endangered Bornean orangutan.
How to Register:
REGISTER HERE FOR FREE TODAY
Register today by clicking here

BOS UK’s vision is to restore the natural balance for Bornean orangutans. Their survival is at risk solely due to human impact, pushing them to the brink of extinction.
Thus their mission is two-fold. First, they save orangutans in immediate danger through rescue, rehabilitation, and re-introduction to protected rainforests. Second, and equally important, they protect and restore their wild habitat by working alongside the native communities bordering them.
UK Charity number: 1144267

BOS UK look forward to seeing you, and  hope you and your loved ones are staying safe through this awful pandemic.

 

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March 21st Bird Walk Hough End Clough

To celebrate the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, the Friends of Hough End have arranged a bird walk for Saturday March 21st.

So to find out more about the wildlife of Hough End Clough, meet outside the Hough End Leisure Centre off Princess Road at 10am. The walk around the Upper and Lower Clough will last about an hour.

Wear boots or strong shoes and clothing suitable for the weather. Bring binoculars if possible.birds

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Sunday Tree Planting

Sunday 8th March was a lovely day for the tree planting – see pics below.  The weather was mainly dry and sunny with just partial rain.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came along to help plant the trees and to also clear up the lakeside afterwards!

 

Photos  by Julie B

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TODAY IS WORLD WILDLIFE DAY!

Today is World Wildlife Day – please go to link below for more information!

Let us celebrate the wildlife both locally, nationally and internationally!

https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-wildlife-daywildlife-day-hero

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CANCELLED: TREE PLANTING IN ALEXANDRA PARK TOMORROW SATURDAY 15th FEBRUARY

The Tree Planting Session in Alexandra Park tomorrow has had to cancelled/postponed unfortunately due to the expected storm!

It is forecast to rain all day with strong winds and the ground may well be quite a quagmire not to mention too dangerous to plant any of the trees.
If the weather calms down the Tree Planting Session may well be scheduled for next Saturday 22nd and an update will follow.

 

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Alexandra Park Winter Views 2019/2020

 

All images by Julie B.

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Christmas Crackers Event and Winter Bird Walk at Alexandra Park – Saturday 14th December

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UPDATE ON THE MAST IN WHALLEY RANGE – NOVEMBER 2019

Update on the Mast in Whalley Range:

Application number: 124816/FO/2019
Proposal: Installation of a 25 metres high telecommunications mast with associated equipment cabins
Location: Communication Mast Site, 131 Withington Road, Manchester, M16 8EE

The good news is that the Planning Application has been Withdrawn by the Agent.

However, it could have been better if the Planning Application had been refused as was the case for three 5G Masts in Brighton.

As this is the second time this Planning Application has been Withdrawn there is a chance the Agent may re-submit in the future.

Watch this space!

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Please Check for Hedgehogs!

 

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IMPORTANT REMINDER – DEADLINE IS MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER!

This is an important document as the proposed reforms make it easier for Planning Applications to be implemented and practically no consultation or objection by the public and their local communities would be considered if the new reforms were established. It is also a threat to protected conservation areas where currently prior consultation and planning permission procedures have to be done. These proposed reforms are UNDEMOCRATIC! So here is your democratic chance to respond by MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER. Please do not think that your responses, comments or objections will not matter – they will.

It is important to do this as it is totally UNDEMOCRATIC and this is our chance to exercise our democratic right to respond, comment or object. Also, please email all your local Councillors, local MP, local MEPs etc and at least one Lord. There has already been some positive feedback/acknowledgement from one political party so do not give up folks! Please do not be a Nimby on this – even if you have been involved in objecting to a local Planning Application for a mast in your area – these new proposed reforms will affect EVERYONE in the UK!

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposed-reforms-to-permitted-development-rights-to-support-the-deployment-of-5g-and-extend-mobile-coverage?fbclid=IwAR3fqM-quaFhrmqrCZKtq3FmTJEp-5dGNWbDQKzmUiy7bYK8cmaWzKi2vIs

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Range Road Community Park

The following information has recently come to the attention of wr4wildlife.

The person who recently bought the former site of 10 Range Road has torn down the fencing on the west side of Range Road Community Park and is clearly intending to claim and fence off part of the Community Garden. We need to try to stop this from happening. We need to show that there is real anger and concern within the local community. It would also be appreciated if any council officers get on board with help and ideas.

The Range Road Community Park is the former site of 2 to 10 (even numbers) Range Road in the Whalley Range Conservation Area. The houses on the site were demolished many years ago. The whole site became a dumping ground for all types of fly tipping and was a real eyesore. The local residents, with the help of the local councillors, persuaded the Council to take over occupation and to create the community park. The Council cleared the rubbish and landscaped the park. The wooden sculptures were installed and pathways laid. This created a haven for wildlife and much loved public space for the local community. Since its creation the park has been maintained entirely by a very small number of dedicated and unpaid local volunteers.

The ownership has always been unclear. Only two of the five former plots are registered at the Land Registry. It is believed that a local housing association may own the former site of No.2, and it was known that the former site of No.10 was registered to a dormant company. The site of No.10 came up for auction earlier this year and someone (now known to the Council) bought the site and their first action was to dump a huge static caravan on the front section of the plot to the side of the park that everyone thought belonged to the flats at No.12 and which has been used to house their bins for many years. Council officers persuaded the new owner to remove the caravan, and this latest action in tearing down the fencing is presumably the result.

Please spread the message as widely as possible to make sure that people are aware of what is happening. Even mobilise the media if you have contacts.Presentation1

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Oh No! Not Another One! NOVEMBER 4th – ANOTHER DEADLINE!

For those who have recently been involved in submitting objections to the Planning Application to upgrade the current mast on Withington Road in Whalley Range to a 5G (for which the deadline for submissions has now passed), you may be delighted, or maybe not, to know that the Government is proposing reforms to permitted development rights to support the development of 5G.  One of the key issues here is the relaxing of current planning laws concerning conservation areas etc which in effect means that masts can be deployed anywhere without having to go through the current processes – in other words they can fast track which means it will be easier for the industries to get Planning Application approved and harder, if not impossible, for the public to object if they so wished.

The current Government Proposals are asking for the public to respond/comment/object etc but this has to be done before 4th NOVEMBER.  Please see the link below for the full document.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposed-reforms-to-permitted-development-rights-to-support-the-deployment-of-5g-and-extend-mobile-coverage

Do not miss this window to have your say!

LINK TO ANSWER SURVEY ONLINE
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3LBZ5ZH

 

 

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Note for Residents of Whalley Range 5G: Is It Safe? Public Talk, Thursday 3rd October, Manchester.

With regard to the resubmission of the Planning Application to upgrade the current mast in Withington Road, Whalley Range, to 5G, residents of Whalley Range (whether you wish to make an Objection or not to the resubmitted Planning Application) may be interested in a Public Talk which is taking place this coming Thursday 3rd October at the Britannia Hotel in Manchester city centre.

5G: Is It Safe? This talk will be presented by Ian R Crane, a former Oil Field Executive, who has spent several years supporting communities to develop resistance to the UK Government’s Fracking Agenda. Ian became aware that the Countrywide Tree Culling was directly related to the planned roll-out of 5G. He has conducted his own study on the available academic research of the negative health impacts of 5G frequencies, not to mention the potential impact on wildlife and the environment.

5G : Is It SAFE?
Thursday 3rd October 2019
Britannia Hotel, Portland St, MANCHESTER M1 3LA
£8 in advance (£10 on the door)

Also, please note that if anyone still wishes to make an Objection to the resubmitted Planning Application (please see previous post) the deadline is Friday 4th October.

https://alternativeview.co.uk/5g-is-it-safe-manchester-thurs-3rd-oct-2019

 

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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED AGAIN! – TO STOP A 5G MAST IN WHALLEY RANGE!

Important Notice for Residents in Whalley Range.

Planning Application number: 124816/FO/2019

Proposal: Installation of a 25 metres high telecommunications mast with associated equipment cabins

Location: Communication Mast Site, 131 Withington Road, Manchester, M16 8EE

Deadline for Objections: Friday 4th October 2019

Local residents living in the Whalley Range area may not all be aware of a Planning Application which has now been resubmitted again in an attempt to upgrade the existing mast on Withington Road, in Whalley Range, to a 5G!

The existing mast is already an unsightly eyesore and the proposed upgrade will make it even more hideous and even more of an absolute blight on the landscape in this conservation area!

The main concern for this mast being upgraded to 5G are the many and growing concerns reported globally about its effect upon health, the environment and wildlife. Major cities in the world have banned it. There is an appeal by many international qualified scientists and medical specialists for 5G to be halted.

Totnes Council in Devon and Glastonbury Town Council have also halted 5G.

Whalley Range is a conservation area and a small community and many local residents rightly have concerns about this. If you wish to make an objection to this planning proposal please do so as soon as possible as the deadline is Friday 4th October.

Objections are not shown publicly on the City Council’s Planning Applications Portal.

https://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/

When you go to the page via this link you can just type in the Planning Application Reference Number 124816/FO/2019 in the Search box to be taken to the Planning Application Details.  Once you are in that page and you wish to object you just need to click onto the Comments Tab.

Personal details and Comments/Objections are not shown publicly so the Comments Tab will be showing as 0.

Please note that there are certain grounds to make an objection to a Planning Application and some of them, or maybe all of them, which can be referred to in this particular case which are of concern are:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Nature conservation

You can include some or all of these grounds when making your objection. Please note that if you previously made an objection to the original Planning Application back in April you will still need to make a fresh objection to this one – you can use the same objection or add to it.

There is much more information available about the dangers of 5G than via the sample of links below which you can click onto.

Totnes Devon Halts 5G

Glastonbury Town Council Challenges 5G

International Appeal to Stop 5G

Brussels, Belgium and Rome Oppose 5G

Brussels To Halt 5G Due to Health Affects

5G Environmental/Wildlife Impacts

Let us help to try to keep Whalley Range safe, pleasant and green for us all and future generations of people and wildlife!

 

 

 

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Autumn Arrival

Photos of Alexandra Park – by Julie B

As summer draws nearer to a close, we will be greeted by the Autumn Equinox on Monday 23rd September 8:53am.

Autumn marks the gradual return to winter but is a visually wonderful time with the leaves on trees turning from green to shades of pinks, reds, yellows and browns. It is a time when squirrels start harvesting and storing nuts (and usually forgetting where they stored them!).

For more information on Autumn Wildlife

 

 

 

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Alexandra Park Bird Walk – Sunday 15th September 11am to 12 Noon

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Another Evening Bat Talk/Walk in Alexandra Park – Friday 13th September

 

 

Square-townsend-fledermausFollowing on from the ever popular Bat Talks/Walks in Alexandra Park, there is another one this coming Friday 13th September for anybody who missed last evening’s one!

This is a free event but please register via Eventbrite link below to reserve your place.

There will be an earlier start time due to the day getting shorter. The talk will commence about 6:45pm followed by a walk starting at dusk around Alexandra Park up until 9:00pm.

Please note that if you attended last night’s event and you want to attend next Friday’s event as well, you will be put on a reserve list.  This is to allow an opportunity for anyone who was not able to attend last night to attend next Friday.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/another-evening-bat-talk-and-walk-in-alexandra-park-tickets-71380532093

Also, please check out our Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/WhalleyRange4WildlifeAlexParkMCR

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Evening Bat Talk and Bat Walk in Alexandra Park this Friday 6th September.

 

 

3369882Alexandra Park Wildlife Group in conjunction with the South Lancashire Bat Group will be holding a Bat Talk followed by a Bat Walk around the lovely Alexandra Park.

The talk will start about 7pm followed by a walk at sunset to listen, and hopefully, see some of our local bats in the park.

Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a torch as it will get dark as we go around the park and dependent  upon the weather suitable clothing and footwear are advised.  If you have your own bat detector (optional) please bring it otherwise our guides will have some.

The event is free but due to numbers being strictly limited, please reserve  your place via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/evening-bat-talk-and-bat-walk-in-alexandra-park-tickets-71168251155

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BIG FOREST FIND – Drinkwater Park, Bury – Sunday 11th August 2019

The Forestry Commission invites you to help them celebrate their centenary year by discovering and recording the many species to be found at Drinkwater Park, Bury on Sunday 11th August. They are looking for volunteer naturalists, facilitators and data enthusiasts to play a key role in their Big Forest Find project.

Information about the day can be found on the attached flier and on the Forestry England website https://www.forestryengland.uk/drinkwater-park/the-big-forest-find-drinkwater-park There are several entrances into the park but the nearest to the main activities is Buckley Lane, off Clifton Road, Prestwich M45 7JZ. Free parking is available at the bottom of the lane https://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/mapapp/?drawing=polyline&buffer=&waypoints=&ruler=total_m&path=SD8018403264

If travelling by public transport Prestwich Metrolink is the nearest and buses stop on Bury New Road.

If you would like to join the bird walk, led by Steve Atkins (Citizen Science Project Officer – Greater Manchester Ecology Unit), please arrive by 9am for a 9.15am prompt start. The meeting point is here https://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/mapapp/?drawing=polyline&buffer=&waypoints=&ruler=total_m&path=SD8006603186

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Discover the Wild in Alexandra Park – Meet Outside Coffee Cranks Pavilion Cafe Entrance Facing the Lake

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Birds Of Prey Investigation

A new investigation by Freedom for Animals was launched last Friday (28th June 2019) which specifically focused on Falconry and Bird of Prey Centres, which house, train and use birds for entertainment.  This investigation was held due to the fact that this area of animal captivity has had very little focus, despite many birds of prey being used in zoos, mobile zoos, at stately homes, in films etc.

Undercover investigators visited Bird of Prey Centres around the UK and filmed what they witnessed.

There was an exclusive story in The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/28/charity-calls-for-total-ban-on-tethering-birds-of-prey

Here is the news article on the website: https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/news/birds-tied-down-manipulated-starved-uk-zoos

Here is the investigation page: https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/tether-and-torment

Tether and Torment Report

As a result of this investigation and the evidence documented, WR4Wildlife will not be supporting or promoting any events of this type.

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Plea from Member of Public

If any readers live in the Chorlton area, perhaps you can help or offer advice?

A lady has highlighted an incident over social media which she would like others to made aware of.

Basically, she says she went to Chorlton Ees to release a frog she had been looking after. She said that In the woodland there were a group of around 30 people, with a huge fire burning the wood from the habitat piles and they had a large drum and bass system disturbing the wildlife in what is essentially a Nature Reserve.

She has stated that the worst thing about it was the amount of dead and injured frogs and toads they had crushed with their vehicles as they had driven along on the cobbled track to get into the wooded area. She says that some of these animals she had to put out of their misery. She says that this was about 11:30pm – Midnight in the evening and it was a rainy night. She called the fire brigade who came out to extinguish the fire and some of the fire officers actually helped place the frogs and toads onto a safe area.  Apparently the police did not come out although they were called due to priority and capacity issues.

She has been asking around if there is something that can be done about this by groups local to the area (and perhaps placing a Toad Crossing Sign on the cobbled track and she has enquired if there is any enforcement that can be done as this is a Nature Reserve and we all know that lighting fires in the midst of the woods is not a good idea.

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CARNIVAL OF CREATURES – Manchester Saturday 1st June 2019

 

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CARNIVAL OF CREATURES – MANCHESTER SATURDAY 1ST JUNE 2019 is happening in Manchester this Saturday 1st June to celebrate nature, wildlife and life on Earth and to raise awareness that it is all at risk.

The following text giving details of the event is taken from Manchester Climate Monthly

This two-part event by Rising Up! Manchester Families celebrates life, nature and the wonderful web of life on earth which is being lost. It is a call to action, to not let nature – which we are a part of and which we need to stay alive – be erased.

Part one is at Manchester Museum and focuses on individual action and our local creatures. There will be fun family friendly arts, crafts, face paint, dress up and play as well as nature activities to help younger ones and parents explore the topic. Manchester Museum, as well as hosting, will be providing sessions of wing making for children and their adults and groups such as RSPB, Manchester Friends of the Earth will be joining our creative fun.

Part two – parade – let’s get noticed and take our message to the streets in a riot of colour, sound and people. We will be joined by circus folk and musicians and we’d love to have you too.

Full parade route and information including accessibility and timings, will be shared with participating groups closer to the event date.

We are planning to finish the event with a wishing tree – a collaborative art project which all participants can join us in.

We are inviting community groups and organisations to join us in any way that works. Many groups are holding activities in the weeks leading up to the event to make props and costumes, to both raise awareness of the issue, to get involvement and to prep for the carnival. Manchester Art Gallery are using their half term family artist sessions to make props for the parade.

The theme is a broad one. Creatures, species and nature mixed with a circus-y carnival vibe. We will be producing a list of ideas for activities over the next couple of weeks which we will share. Or create your own. While any costumes and props relating to creatures and to the natural world are welcome we would particularly love ones which focus on our local species. Dancing badgers, beetle brigades and the such welcomed with open arms!

And of course, extra points for costumes that use recycled, second hand and natural materials. You can wheel, walk, skip, dance, bike, scoot or juggle your way along the march.

Why not get together with friends and make some props for the parade? All ideas will be shared in the Facebook group.

The following venues across Manchester will be offering free drop-in creative sessions to prepare for the Carnival of Creatures.

Hulme Community Garden Centre – Monday 27 and Wednesday 29 May –  12-3pm

Make a headpiece for the ‘Carnival of Creatures’ from recycled and natural materials.

Manchester Art Gallery – Tues 28, Weds 29, Thurs 30 and Fri 31 May –  1-3pm

Artists Carly Bainbridge and Jayson Gylen are on hand to help make a parade-worthy prop to bring to the ‘Carnival of Creatures.’

As part of the Get Together and Get Things Done exhibition, families will be invited to join a collaborative project to show the power of uniting together and there will also be a climate scientist on hand to answer questions.

People’s History Museum – Weds 29 May – 1-3pm

Join an artist-led session to make beautiful things for the ‘Carnival of Creatures’ using fabric pens and patch-making techniques.

A jam-packed session with nature, art, face painting, a chance to make wings to wear in the ‘Carnival of Creatures,’ storytelling and play.

More information about the event at the museum can be found here:

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:a1l9-jw0e3uhn-cbkw3e/get-ready-for-carnival-of-creatures

there is then also a Facebook page for the other events here which gives information on what is happening, where and when:

https://www.facebook.com/events/manchester-museum/carnival-of-creatures/2343387475681016/

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Free Animal Aid Activist Workshop in Manchester – Saturday 25th May 2019

Sign up to attend one of Animal Aid’s free activist workshops!

Are you interested in helping animals and wildlife?  Would you like to get more active for animals? Are you interested in Animal Rights Advocacy? Would you like to spend a day learning how to become a more effective activist? Sign up to attend Animal Aid’s free Activist Workshop in Manchester this coming Saturday 25th May. Come along to meet like-minded people and receive training on developing campaign strategies, political lobbying, media work and legal rights.  A vegan lunch will be provided.

Learn more and register to attend.

* Please note that there is a refundable £15 deposit to hold your place *

 

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Results of Bird Walk on City Nature Challenge Day in Alexandra Park – 27th April 2019

On Saturday 27th April, as part of the City Nature Challenge in Alexandra Park, Alexandra Park Wildlife Forum member Tony O’Mahony, led a Morning Bird Walk. There were 8 participants who arrived at 9:00am just as the rain had stopped.

These are the 30 species recorded by Tony with help from Copland:

Species Seen around the lake:

Grey Heron – 4 active nests with either adults or large chicks present.

Canada Goose – several with at least 2 sat on the island suggesting they were on nests

Mute Swan – first summer bird and  2 adults including one sat on nest on the island

Mallard – several

Mallard x Spot-bill hybrid 1

Tufted Duck 8

Moorhen 2

Coot – several including 2 active nests

Black-headed Gull 2

Lesser Black-backed Gull 2

Goldcrest – 1 heard singing from the Holly trees.

Coal Tit – heard

Feral Pigeon – many!

Species Seen Around the Woodland Areas

Wood Pigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Blue tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch. (seen)

Wren, Dunnock, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Chaffinch. (heard & reliably identified).

Species Seen Around the Cricket Pitches 

Mistle Thrush 3 including one flying into trees with food in bill. Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow.

In addition, there were six Mallard ducklings seen though there was no sign  of the two Coot chicks seen the previous Thursday 25th April.bird-silhouettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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City Nature Challenge Event – Alexandra Park – This Saturday 27th April 8:00am to 4:00pm

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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED – NO 5G IN WHALLEY RANGE!

Local residents living in the Whalley Range area may not all be aware of plans to upgrade the existing mast on Withington Road, in Whalley Range, to a 5G! Some residents only found out about it this week. The existing mast is already an unsightly eyesore upon the area but the main concern for this mast being upgraded to 5G are the many and growing concerns reported globally about its effect upon health, the environment and wildlife. Major cities in the world have banned it and Trafford Council have been reported to be rejecting it.  There is an appeal by many international qualified scientists and medical specialists for 5G to be halted.

Whalley Range is a conservation area and a small community and many local residents rightly have concerns about this. If you wish to make an objection to this planning proposal please do so as soon as possible as the deadline is almost passed but many residents only found out about this very recently!

https://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/

When you go to the page via this link you can just type in Mast Withington Road in the Search box to be taken to the Planning Application Details.  To object you just need to click onto the Comments Tab.

https://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

Comments are not publicised so the Comments Tab will be showing as 0.

Please note that there are certain grounds to make an objection to a planning application and some of them which can be referred to in this particular case which are of concern are:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Nature conservation

There is much more information available about the dangers of 5G than via the links provided here.

International Appeal to Stop 5G

Brussels, Belgium and Rome Oppose 5G

Brussels To Stop 5G

Brussels To Halt 5G Due to Health Affects

Let us help to try to keep Whalley Range safe, pleasant and green for us all and future generations!

 

 

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Panama Wildlife Evening at Manchester Museum – Thursday 18th April 6pm to 9pm.

If you are interested in South American wildlife, you may like this free event this coming Thursday.

No need to book, just turn up!

Panama Wildlife Evening at Manchester Museum

An evening of Panamanian wildlife, cocktails & Latin music at Manchester Museum 6-9pm on Thursday 18th April.

See the museum’s rare frogs behind the scenes, & find out about conservation work in Latin America. A collaboration with Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity & Ministry of the Environment in Panama.

For anyone interested in conservation and supporting local organisations in Manchester.

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:g1bm-ju2fokev-tpa95z/panama-wildlife-evening

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Marching for the Survival of Wildlife – This Saturday 13th April – Birmingham

This is a Global March for Wildlife with marches and events taking place across the world.

Organised by End Trophy Hunting and All Animal Exploitation, there will be a march in Birmingham against trophy hunting.

The march will be raising awareness that trophy hunting is also going on in the UK.

Please come along if you can. Together, we can be a voice for the voiceless.

https://www.league.org.uk/event/birmingham-march-for-the-survival-of-wildlife

See here for more info on the Facebook event.

 

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City Nature Challenge – Alexandra Park – Sat 27 April 2019

City Nature Challenge – Alexandra Park – Sat 27th April 2019

Greater Manchester has entered the City Nature Challenge recording completion this year. It is organised on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and California Academy of Sciences.

Between the 26th and 29th April, over 150 cities worldwide will be competing to find and record urban wildlife.

The main focus is to encourage more people to start recording, whatever their knowledge levels, so we will be competing with city regions across the globe (including Liverpool and London!) on number of recorders,  number of species recorded, and number of records submitted.

Alexandra Park will be hosting a City Nature Challenge day on Saturday 27th April 8am-4pm to discover and record wildlife in the park.

Anyone is welcome to come along and have a go, and everyone who does will help to make a difference, mapping where wildlife lives in the city. The information will be added to the UK’s biodiversity database, becoming part of data used to protect nature.

So please come along and learn about the wildlife in Alexandra Park, and how recording your nature sightings helps nature and conservation.

Activities will include:

  • Bird Walk with local expert Tony O’Mahony
  • Bee/Pollinator Walk with local expert Karen McCartney
  • Wildlife Recording Walk with Stuart Fraser from GM Ecology Unit

Timings of all activities will be confirmed nearer the date.

If you would like to participate in recording your wildlife sightings, please go to www.iNaturalist.org to register your name/e-mail, and download their App to your smartphone. People will be available in Alexandra Park on the day to help you use the App and record your discoveries.

If you can’t make it to an event you can still get involved with this fun and friendly competition. You can take part independently using the iNaturalist app to record any plants or wildlife you find in your garden or local green space. It is available to download at www.iNaturalist.org.

More Info to follow nearer the date – so please watch this space!

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Northern Vegan Festival – Manchester this Saturday 6th April 2019

This Saturday the Northern Vegan Festival will be held at Manchester United Football Club in the Manchester Suite which is accessible from the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand on Wharfside Way. The free car park is N2. 
There will be 100+ fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day from 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Entry is £4 payable per day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from Eventbrite to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers. 100% of ticket money goes to animal welfare charities as the event is 100% voluntarily run.
Various animal/wildlife/conservation organisations and charities represented include:

Animals Asia

CAFT

Greenpeace

Miracle’s Mission

North West Hunt Sabs

Saving the Survivors

Sea Shepherd UK

The Vegan Society

Vegetarian for Life

Viva!

WWF

https://www.veganeventsuk.co.uk/northern-vegan-festival/

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IT IS EARTH HOUR TODAY!

Everybody and everything has a connection to Earth and nature so it makes sense that any positive gain for our planet is a positive gain for us.

Nature not only provides us with all the things we all need to live, humans and wildlife:

Air to breathe, water to drink and wash, including shelter both us and wildlife depend upon and even our own economy which we rely on. Nature is good for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. However, the growing loss of our natural environment puts this all under threat. 

Tonight at 8.30pm switching off our lights for just one hour is not just a symbolic gesture but is an important reminder to us all how much we depend upon our Earth and how even a small gesture like switching off our lights can make a big difference.

This Earth Hour, join millions around the world to turn off the lights and speak up about why nature matters. #Connect2Earth

For more info please go to website link below.

https://www.earthhour.org/

 

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TONIGHT! Blue Planet ll Live in Concert at Manchester Arena.

Blue Planet II – Live In Concert – the highly anticipated arena tour from the BAFTA Award winning television series.

Blue Planet II – Live In Concert will transport you, via the gigantic 4K Ultra HD LED screen and through the power of music, deep underwater for two hours of drama, entertainment, stunning visuals and majestic orchestrations.

Watch surfing dolphins, powerful killer whales and the beautiful clownfish in breathtaking musical sequences. The tentacles of jellyfish and octopus fill the screen while the ‘boiling sea’ Spinner Baitball sequence features a who’s who of amazing ocean predators in a wild feeding frenzy.

The dramatic music brings the oceans to life as the audience are immersed in an emotional journey of glorious beauty, nail-biting tension, tranquil relaxation and profound questioning of how human action is affecting our marine families.

For more details and tickets, see:

http://www.manchester-arena.com/events/blue-planet-ii-live-in-concert/9336/

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MARCH FOR GIANTS! A GLOBAL VIRTUAL MARCH TO BUILD SUPPORT AND FUNDING FOR ELEPHANT PROTECTION

Elephants and their habitats need GIANT support to be protected forever.

You can give your support by adding a personalised elephant to the March for Giants’ ever-growing virtual herd. The herd marches online and makes appearances on screens at major events each year. It has marched across billboards in Times Square and Hong Kong. It has marched to a major conservation summit in Botswana.

Every one of the thousands of elephants in the March represents a person or a company demanding that more is done to protect elephants and their habitats.

DESIGN YOUR ELEPHANT

JOIN THE MARCH!

For more details please go to:

https://www.marchforgiants.org/?fbclid=IwAR22W2lOeyyq5NQCsHIcDDHzZXvh3JEaHusHXpOqe1tfrpjS8Ee8Gg3NZ_s

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SPRING EQUINOX 2019 IN WHALLEY RANGE

This year in the northern hemisphere, the Spring or Vernal Equinox falls on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 21:58. The equinox marks the day when day and night are of equal length all over the world, with the word equinox literally meaning ‘equal night’ in Latin.

The Spring, or Vernal, Equinox marks the astronomical start of spring, when the sun passes through the Earth’s equator.

The spring equinox marks the change of the seasons and as the northern hemisphere begins to tilt towards the sun, our days start to get longer and the nights shorter. In the northern hemisphere, we enjoy the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer days. The equinox does not always fall on the same day each year because the earth orbits the sun on a slightly elliptical path, meaning that the spring equinox can happen on either the 19th, 20th or 21st of March. Although many cultures celebrate the whole day as the equinox, the equinox is, in fact, technically the specific point in time when the sun crosses the equator.

In the northern hemisphere, the March equinox is traditionally celebrated as a time of rebirth with many different cultures celebrating spring holidays and festivals such as Easter and Passover around the time of the equinox.

Coinciding with the Spring Equinox will be the third and final Super Moon (“Worm Moon”) occurring 4 hours after the Equinox. In January 21st, there was a Super Blood Moon and on February 19th there was a Super Snow Moon.

The Super Moon (“Worm Moon”) will light up in the night sky when it appears in the early hours of Thursday morning although depending upon the weather and our location whether we will be able to view this or not! The moon will be at its brightest at approximately 1:43am tomorrow on Thursday 21st March. This will mark the end of winter and beginning of the onset of warmer weather.

The last full moon of winter is called the “Worm Moon” because this is the time of year when earthworms start to appear after the icy ground thaws. It is a term used by ancient Native American tribes and Europeans for a full moon that lands in March.

Ancient people used to mark the changing seasons by following the lunar months, naming the months after the features associated with that season.

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BORN FREE FOUNDATION – Will Travers Road Trip – Manchester – Thursday 20th June 2019

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.

To help commemorate the 35th anniversary year of the Born Free Foundation,  Co-Founder and President Will Travers is embarking on his first-ever regional road trip. This is a special opportunity for him to meet supporters! Included in his road trip will be Manchester if you would like to join him for a celebration of wildlife.  He will be looking back over 35 years of the Born Free Foundation charity, and considering some of the most important issues facing wild animals today.

On Thursday 20th the tour reaches Great John Street Hotel, Manchester. This finale will see Will’s presentation followed by delicious vegan munchies. 7pm start & 10:30 finish. A welcome drink of wine or beer is included in the ticket price (£50).

Location – Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD

For more information please go to the following link at Born Free:

 

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Snow At Last! Snow in Alexandra Park 30th January 2019

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A beautiful scene this morning before 8:00am in Alexandra Park!  

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 from WR4wildlife!

Happy New YearHappy New Year to all our Readers, Followers and Subscribers!

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Season’s Greetings from WR4wildlife to all our Readers, Subscribers and Followers!

Alexandra Park on Christmas Eve 2018

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It Was A Wet Winter Solstice in Alexandra Park!

Winter Solstice in Alexandra Park was marked by the rising of the sun at 08.07 on Friday 21st December 2018.

Unfortunately the sun was obscured by a dull and wet start to the day!

 

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WINTER BIRD WALK IN ALEXANDRA PARK – Saturday 8th December 2pm – 3pm

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Christmas Crackers Event in Alexandra Park – Saturday 8th December 12 Noon to 4pm

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Manchester Vegan Christmas Market – Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November, Manchester.

A great event hosting lots of interesting stall, talks and films held in the Brittania Sachas Hotel, Tib Street in Manchester.

Lots of various organisations will be present including the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, Cats Protection etc.

10.30am – 4.30pm

Entry is £3 payable per day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from Eventbrite to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers.

For more information please go to link below:

https://www.veganeventsuk.co.uk/manchester-vegan-festival/

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HAPPY AUTUMN EQUINOX!

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The first official day of Autumn and the new season began today, Sunday 23rd September, as the Autumn Equinox occurred just before 3;00am this morning.  The Autumn Equinox is when the sun passes the Earth’s equator from north to south. The day and night are almost equal today but from today the days will begin to grow shorter as we lose the light of the sun and our days will start to get steadily darker as we approach Winter.

The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees as they turn different vibrant hues of reds, burgundy, yellow, orange, brown and ochre.

This time also marks the Harvest Season, a time of gathering and preparation for the long, dark and cold Winter ahead.

Enjoy today!

Julie

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The People’s Walk for Wildlife – London – 22nd September 2018

Are you in London on Saturday 22nd September?  If so, the following may interest you!

The People’s Walk for Wildlife, led by naturalist and broadcaster, Chris Packham.  takes place in central London this Saturday 22nd September.

The walk will take place through central London and provides a chance for people to unite to show their concern for wildlife and species decline, and to call for greater wildlife protection to halt – and even reverse – the decline in wildlife across our nation.

The itinerary for the day is:

10am: Gather at Reformers’ Tree, Hyde Park (W1K 7AN – nearest tube station Marble Arch)
12noon: Infotainment
1pm: Walk
2pm: Finish at Richmond Terrace

It is not a demonstration, just a peaceful walk with children, friends and family showing their support for wildlife. For more information please go to:

https://www.chrispackham.co.uk/the-peoples-walk-for-wildlife?mc_cid=da5fe49cb0&mc_eid=4c9853b997

The hashtag for the event is #PeoplesWalkForWildlife.

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