One of the University’s Wildlife & Conservation students will co-host a wildlife cruise around Salford Quays on Saturday 11 May in a Springwatch-style journey which is likely to involve sightings of mute swans, lapwings, grey herons, kingfishers and cormorants.
During the 8.00am to 10.00am canal boat tour, School of Environment & Life Sciences student, James Walsh will be identifying the wide range of birds that live around or visit the former industrial heart of the city.
The cruise is a joint venture from Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Local Records Centre and Salford Quays Heritage & Nature Group.
James is a birdwatcher with over 30 years’ experience who also has knowledge of the site’s industrial past due to his family’s dockworker heritage.
Also onboard will be Steve Atkins from the Greater Manchester Local Record Centre which is running a three-year wildlife recording initiative entitled ‘From Grey to Green’ - a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which aims to train volunteers to identify and record wildlife sightings to build up a picture of species across Greater Manchester.
Colleagues or students wishing to participate must book in advance of the two hour cruise which costs £11 and departs at 8am on Saturday 11 May.
Tickets are available from Salford Tourist Information Centre on 0161 848 8601.