Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Biodiversity and wildlife

Biodiversity is the variety of wildlife and natural spaces on Earth. Cities are great for wildlife, and Manchester has a wealth of interesting places to explore and creatures to see.

Why should Biodiversity be protected?

Biodiversity provides us with many benefits that we often take for granted, or don't even realise. Trees for example, act as air purifiers, helping improve air quality while at the same time providing shade in hot weather and shelter on rainy days. Parks, greenspaces and gardens are nature's sponges, helping soak up rain water and prevent flooding. And don't forget, just being around nature can help reduce your stress levels and improve your health and well being.

Find out more about Manchester’s own Biodiversity Action Plan

What can you do to help?

There are lots of ways to help encounter, increase and protect Biodiversity in Manchester:

  • By putting up a nest box, you can encourage birds, bats or even hedgehogs. Put them up in autumn, to allow creatures to get used to them;
  • Putting up a feeder is an excellent way of encouraging birds into your garden. You can put feed out year round, but be careful to locate your feeder away from predators such as cats;
  • Leave an area of your garden to "grow wild". Leaving grasses and wildflowers to grow provide shelter and food for insects and small mammals;
  • Plant some wildflowers. The best time to sow is spring, and they are fantastic for bees, birds and insects. You can even sow in pots or window boxes;
  • If you have space, plant a trees, shrubs and hedges;
  • Visit one of Manchester’s fine parks or take a trip down one of the River Valleys - and don't forget your binoculars;
  • Tell us what you see - it's important that we have more wildlife records in Manchester, view the local records; and
  • Support your local park or wildlife group, attend an event – or why not become a member?  

Did you know:

  • Manchester's oldest tree is over 450 years old, is known as Cromwell's Beech and can be seen in Wythenshawe Park;
  • Slow worms live in Manchester - they look like snakes but are actually legless lizards; and
  • Blackley Forest in north Manchester is one of the Country's first community woodlands, planted by local residents in 1953. 

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