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 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

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


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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:

Here is the news article on the website:

Here is the investigation page:

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



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:

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


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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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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!

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.

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.

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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.

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 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

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



Miracle’s Mission

North West Hunt Sabs

Saving the Survivors

Sea Shepherd UK

The Vegan Society

Vegetarian for Life



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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.


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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:

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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.



For more details please go to:

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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:

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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!


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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:

The hashtag for the event is #PeoplesWalkForWildlife.

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Alexandra Park Heritage Weekend Bird Walk – Sunday 9th September 2018 at 2pm

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If  you like bats or just want to know more about them and ask those questions you have always been afraid to ask then this is the event for you!

Do bats fly in our hair?  Are there such things as vampire bats?

Come and find out the answers and much more!

The short talk will be followed by a walk around the park at sunset to see the bats (hopefully) flying at dusk as there are bats in Alexandra Park.


With Martin Prescott from the South Lancashire Bat Group – Friday 7th September 7pm – 9pm.

Free event but please register via Eventbrite link below.


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Alexandra Park Photo Competition Deadline for Submissions – Friday 31st August

Alexandra Park Photo Competition 2018

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CAR BOOT SALES IN ALEXANDRA PARK – SATURDAY 18th AUGUST and 25th AUGUST 2018. 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Why not explore the Car Boot Sale this Saturday while walking around Alexandra Park?

The stalls will be situated down the lovely tree-lined Lime Walk which runs adjacent to Alexandra Road South.

Please see additional information below regarding Terms and Conditions for stall-holders and buyers.


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Indian Spot-billed Duck in Alexandra Park

Amongst the Mallard ducks on Alexandra Park lake, we have a strange visitor – an Indian Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha). It’s quite like a Mallard, but the beak is different and ther’s an extra flash of white feathers (tertials) at th rear. There is a band of yellow at the tip of the beak and some red at its base. This one is not as clearly marked as some photos I’ve looked at online. This has led some to think it may be some Mallard genes after some interbreeding. Whatever, it is another strange visitor to the park. It will have come from a wildfowl collection somewhere. The bottom picture ia of a female Mallard with some yellow on its beak, unlike the Spot-bill above. And there’s a bonus picture of a Coot with four cootlings.

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Do You Know The Owner Of This Deceased Cat?

Victim of RTA on 31/07/2018 between 8.30pm to 9pm on Alexandra Road South and collected by Manchester Spiritualist Church,  2 Alexandra Road South M16 8ER.
Reported to have been seen in area since Saturday 28/07/2018
Male neutered short hair black and white cat chip collar. Mainly white with black markings.
Face mainly white with black from ears towards eyes with an upside down v of white on forehead separating the black…the white thins to a slim stripe towards top of head where it ends. Ears and back of head black..then a thin white gap before the black continues through upper back to full black tail and some stripes of black going down sidesl…there is one white patch in the middle of the black on Upper back. All legs and paws are white with spots of black on back legs…underbelly all white…mainly white on sides.
Now resting at Ashleigh Vets Chorlton. If you think you know who the owner of this cat is, please contact Ashleigh Vets in Chorlton.

221 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M16 0DE  0161 881 6868

(Taken from original posts on The Whalley Rangers FaceBook Page).  Notice also outside the Manchester Spiritualist Church, Alexandra Road South.

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Connect with Nature and the Environment – Enjoy a Peaceful Evening – Practice QiGong in Alexandra Park, feeling the breeze, grounding yourself and breathing in the air amongst the green trees.

Run weekly:

Alexandra Park
£5/£3 (Pay on Arrival)

Meet in the middle entrance gates of Alexandra Park opposite St. Bede’s College in  Alexandra Road South.  The middle entrance is half way down the avenue of trees.


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BUTTERFLY I.D. WORKSHOP | Saturday 28th July | Bolton



butterfly-1391809_960_720The Woodland Trust and GMLRC are running a butterfly ID workshop on the Smithills Estate, Bolton on Sat 28th July (10am to 3pm). The workshop will give you the chance to brush up on your butterfly ID skills and also practise a transect survey of the type used by Butterfly Conservation for monitoring populations of this declining group of insects. Ideal preparation for the Big Butterfly Count You will also have the chance to sign up as a Woodland Trust volunteer to help with butterfly surveys on the Smithills Estate.

We will be spending the day in areas of the estate which were unaffected by the recent fires. Currently there are good numbers of Small Heaths on the wing and we will also be in with a good chance of seeing Wall Brown which now occurs at only a handful of sites in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Booking is essential and only a few places remain. Please use this link to the Woodland Trust website to reserve your place,19S8R,4VSC0N,431XN,1

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Report on Butterfly Talk and Walk in Alexandra Park on Sunday 13th May by Copland Smith.

On Sunday 13th May, Copland Smith gave a very informative Butterfly Talk in the Lodge in Alexandra Park followed by a Butterfly I.D Walk around the park to spot our local butterflies. It was a lovely day.  Below is Copland’s report from the day.

South Manchester Butterflies

Late Spring and Summer Butterflies

We saw and identified 21 butterflies. There were also quite a few little white ones in the distance that weren’t kind enough to land and show which sort of White they were.

  • Brimstone 2
  • Large White 4
  • Small White 1
  • Green-veined White 4
  • Holly Blue 2
  • Speckled Wood 8

The book I recommended was:

Richard Lewington “Pocket guide to the butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland” 2ndedition (Bloomsbury £9.99)



More species can be found at:

Chorlton Ees & Ivy Green,

Stretford Meadows (former tip)

Sale Ees

and slightly further afield:

Werneth Low (Green Hairstreak late May)

Derbyshire Dales (Limestone – Cunningdale, Lathkilldale, Miller’s Dale etc)

The Great Orme, Llandudno (Limestone – Brown Argus, Silver-studded Blue, Grayling),

Lancashire Coast (Dunes – Formby, Freshfield, Ainsdale – Dark Green Fritillary),

Silverdale, Lancs-Cumbria border (limestone – Gait Barrows, Arnside Knott & Warton Crag).

As part of the circuit we went to see the weird goose on the lake that Tony O’Mahoney found on the previousThursday. It is a hybrid, which Tony thinks involves Snow Goose. It is ringed and may have come from the wildfowl at Martinmere, Lancashire.


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Summer Arrives in Alexandra Park

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Butterfly Talk and Walk in The Lodge in Alexandra Park Sunday 13th May 11:00am – 2:00pm

Come and join local butterfly enthusiast, Copland Smith, for a talk about butterflies followed by a walk around Alexandra Park to try and spot the butterflies that visit the park.

Please bring binoculars, if you have any, and wear suitable clothing and footwear in respect of the weather.

This event is free but spaces are limited so please register on Eventbrite via:


Butterfly talk



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Alexandra Park Amateur Photographic Competition 2018

Photo Comp

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Dead Badger Found in Whalley Range

A dead badger was recently found in Whalley Range by a member of the local community.

The Greater Manchester Ecological Unit (GMEU) produce reports for ecological consultants on the presence of protected species identified near to proposed developments.  Unfortunately, a large number of species being reported, such as badgers, bats and hedgehogs, are often records of dead animals.

If you see/find a dead wildlife animal which may have died or been a road traffic victim, and you don’t have any reason to believe/or knowledge to know otherwise that the animal may have just been left there from somewhere else, then please report it to the GMEU.  This is so that they can aim to record an accurate location of species habitat.

In the case of the dead badger, it could indicate that it’s sett is nearby and any reports of other badger sightings in the area, whether live or deceased, will help them to ascertain a continued presence of badgers in the area.  A live badger was sighted by Alexandra Park a few months ago.  Unfortunately, it may be the deceased one which was recently found.  However, if you do find or know of a sett, please don’t publicise it but do let the GMEU know and of course Badger Groups/Organisations know such as the Lancashire Badger Group or the Badger Trust and perhaps the RSPCA.

So if you do see/find a live or dead protected species like a badger please report it to GMEU and they will add it to their records database.  In the case of badgers, they can be reported to the Lancashire Badger Group too and they do have an online form for people to fill in and submit.



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Turn Moss is green belt land bordering Stretford, Chorlton and the River Mersey. It is an area of meadowland well used and enjoyed by nature lovers, dog walkers and the general public.

Trafford Council want to lease a large area of Turn Moss to Salford City F.C. If the area is built on, the open aspect will disappear and the loss of habitat will affect the biodiversity of Turn Moss which include birds, bats, amphibians, mammals and possibly protected species that live in the natural habitat along the River Mersey corridor, will be forced away. The proposed lighting in the area will affect the wildlife. Ivy Green reserve has bat boxes and yet the bat survey was minimal and completed at the wrong time of the year.

If you would like to make an objection against this planning development, the deadline is: this coming Wednesday 18th April 2018.

You must quote the planning reference 93628/FUL/18 and write the words “I object” and include your full name and address or it will not count.

Email: Send objections to:

Post: Send a letter by recorded delivery to:

Planning and Development, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 OTH

Further help to object, a template letter and more information can be found at:

You can also call for advice: 07707 060095 to speak to a member of Friends of Turn Moss.

Some lovely photos of Turn Moss can be seen on the website:

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In Memory of a Gentle Giant



Wr4Wildlife is primarily about the wildlife and nature living in our local environment.  However, we would like to make a tribute to the very sad passing of Sudan, the last male white rhino on Earth who sadly died on Monday 20th March 2018.  Sudan was 45 years old and had been in poor health being treated for age-related issues and multiple infections. A veterinary team made the decision to euthanize Sudan after his condition deteriorated significantly, the conservation group WildAid announced Tuesday.

 Sudan lived in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, surrounded by armed guards in the days leading up to his death to protect him from poachers.
“He was a gentle giant, his personality was just amazing and given his size, a lot of people were afraid of him. But there was nothing mean about him,” said Elodie Sampere, a representative for Ol Pejeta.

His death leaves only two females – his daughter and granddaughter – of the subspecies alive in the world.

Researchers were able to save some of Sudan’s genetic material in the hopes of successfully artificially inseminating one of the two females left, Sampere said.

The last few dozen wild northern white rhinos in the Democratic Republic of Congo had been killed by the early 2000s and by 2008, the northern white rhino was considered extinct in the wild, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the global environment campaign. In 2009, the four remaining northern white rhinos, two males and two females, were transferred from the Czech zoo to Ol Pejeta in Kenya.The hope was that the new environment, reflecting their native habitat, would encourage breeding. However, there were no successful pregnancies and Sudan was retired from his role as a potential mate four years ago.

An account was created for Sudan on the dating app Tinder last year – not to find a mate – but to help fund the development of IVF treatment for rhinos who are on the brink of absolute extinction.

“His death is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him,” said Jan Stejskal, an official at Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, where Sudan had lived until 2009.

Sudan will be remembered for his unusually memorable life. In the 1970s, he escaped extinction of his kind in the wild when he was moved to Dvůr Králové Zoo. Throughout his existence, he significantly contributed to survival of his species as he sired two females.

— Ol Pejeta (@OlPejeta) March 20, 2018



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From Snow to Spring!

Following on from the recent snowfall in Alexandra Park, Spring was welcomed on the Spring Equinox by a small group of local people to celebrate the seasons and nature as the wheel of the year turns once again!

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Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled due to the presenter, Ron Downing, being unable to travel from Dundee due to the extreme winter conditions.

We apologise for any disappoint or/and inconvenience this may cause.

We hope to re-schedule the event at a future date.

However, please check for any upcoming events and activities on both this site and Facebook Page

Apologies on behalf of Ron and the Alexandra Park Wildlife Group.

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The park in the snow

In between the snowing, there are birds making themselves more visible than usual: a Mistle Thrush in a tree full of berries, one of many Redwings visiting for the winter (my favourite birds) and a Shoveler drake – one of 3 on the lake yesterday, plus two females. Small ducks, big beaks.

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Raptors: Birds of Prey Presentation/Talk in Chorlton Lodge, Alexandra Park – Sunday 4th March 2:30pm-4:00pm

Alexandra Park Wildlife Group presents:

Raptors: Studies of Two Falcons in East Scotland and North West Europe

Merlin 8 Sibiria T Pröhl

8 Hobby in flight

Join us for a double talk presented by Ron Downing on (a) The Merlin in the Angus Glens and (b) The Hobby of North Germany and the Netherlands.

  • Date:Sunday 4th March
  • Time: 2:30pm -4:00pm
  • Venue: Chorlton Lodge, Alexandra Park, Manchester

The talk will be about one hour long with time for questions afterwards.

Ron Downing has been a member of the Scottish Raptor group and a volunteer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for 40 years.

Ron has studied Merlins and Hobbies in Scotland and Germany.

In this short talk he will look at the habitats and life cycle of Merlins and Hobbies from the nest, the egg, fledgling, and migrating.

Please note that this Presentation/Talk may be too advanced for younger children under 14.

This is a free event and places are limited. Book your place via Eventbrite:

Photos were taken by members of the Scottish Raptors Group.112 Kennring 15[1].Juni 2010 Spanien







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