LAZY FRIDAY: MANCHESTER OWN NATURE RESERVES

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In Manchester – a built up area of England where the usual environment is concrete and industrial buildings – now has a jewel on its doorstep – Boggart Hole Clough.

Boggart Hole Clough in Charlestown North Manchester has been designated by the local council as a Nature Reserve, as has Highfield Country Park in Levenshulme. They have now joined other Nature Reserves – Chorlton Water Park, Blackley Forest, Clayton Vale and Ivy Green.

The Reserves can offer protection to wildlife and their habitats, and visitors to the city and residents can learn more about nature.

Friends of the Parks have worked really hard in order to make Manchester the greenest city in the UK.

Boggart Hole Clough on Rochdale Road contains the largest woodland Clough in the city. Parts of the woodland are classed as ancient (over 400 years old) providing a valuable habitat for a wide range of animal and plant species.

Councillor Mike Kane, Executive Member for Arts and Leisure, said. “The sites chosen so far have been selected because of their rich flora and fauna and strong Friends Groups.”

He went on to say. “These two sites have a diverse mix of habitats and wildlife and provide a variety of leisure activities.”

Manchester City Council intends to increase the number of Local Nature Reserves across the city as part of the wildlife plan ‘Wildabout Manchester,’ which aims to conserve, protect and enhance its biodiversity.

If you want to get close to nature come to Manchester, it’s well worth a visit.

Eva

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