Local Wildlife Groups converged on Birchwood Mall on Saturday 4th November to let members of the public learn more about what they do.
The crowd puller, especially for children was Wild Wings Birds of prey, that included Owls, Harris Hawk, Kestrel etc.
There were also representatives from Friends of Gorse Covert Mounds, Warrington Nature Conservation Forum (WNCF), Friends of Woolston Park, Friends of Birchwood Forest Park, Risley Moss Action Group (RIMAG) and the Carbon Landscape Project.
At a time when wildlife is constantly under threat and receives little publicity in relation to the amount of damage that individuals and developers are doing throughout the UK it was great for Birchwood Mall to give these local groups a voice for the day.
At the display people could see:
· photographs of the activities that the groups undertake,
· learn how to make a bat or bird box;
· see the cultivation of moss;
· learn how the Lancashire Wildlife Trust aims to link up the local moss sites of Greater Manchester and Cheshire including Gorse Covert Mounds, Risley Moss and Holcroft Moss and develop a wildlife corridor through the Carbon Landscape Project.
· RIMAG highlighted the loss of the famous Risley Moss Viewing Tower and held a collection and colouring competition for ideas for a new design.
Many people commented on how much they enjoyed the exhibitions and the opportunity to chat face to face with the wildlife experts and ask questions that they had been wanting to ask for some time especially about salamanders, snakes, bat roosting habitats, impact of the local plan development on the countryside.
Collectively the wildlife groups would like to thank the Birchwood Mall Shopping Centre manager Steve and his staff for their help and assistance in putting on such an enjoyable day.