Greater Manchester Local Record Centre


Greater Manchester Local Record Centre
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From Grey to Green

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Project Overview

Have you ever wondered which butterflies come into your garden or what wildlife uses your local park? The From Grey to Green project is here to help. From Grey to Green is a project setup to encourage and train local people to identify and record wildlife. The project operates across the whole of Greater Manchester with a particular focus upon residents in Tameside, Manchester, Salford and Wigan.

Whether an interested beginner or already a member of a 'Friends Of' group, From Grey to Green aims to develop your wildlife identification and recording skills. The project team are hosting a series of free events to encourage more people to enjoy Greater Manchester's rich green spaces and record wildlife. Events include wildlife walks, family fun days, hands on training and wildlife recording sessions at locations across Greater Manchester.

We aim to promote an understanding of the diverse and rich wildlife that occurs across Greater Manchester and to demonstrate that the industrial blight of the 19th century has passed. In recent years Greater Manchester has bucked some national trends with increased wildlife species returning to previously industrial sites. Our records database now contains records of fish and otters returning to the rivers, deer and badgers returning to developing new woodlands and birds of prey returning to the skies above Greater Manchester.


Why Is There A Focus Upon Recording What We See?

By submitting wildlife records to your Local Record Centre (LRC) you are providing us with the data we need to actively conserve wildlife. Changes in climate and local changes in land use affect species migration patterns and distribution year on year. Without a regular supply of new records our information on wildlife would quickly become out of date making effective intervention increasingly difficult. Your records will help to protect Greater Manchester's wildlife.

Details of events are regularly posted on the GMLRC News & Events page

Connect with us via Twitter @GMrecordcentre or Facebook to receive notifications about events,
read project related articles and to share pictures and videos of your local wildlife.

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