The Launch of the Salford Docklands Project

In 1894 the Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened, an ambitious project to create an inland waterway to Salford docks – the engine room of the old industrial Northern Powerhouse of the 1900’s

One hundred and twenty one years on, the Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group is launching the Salford Docklands Project, a social enterprise peoples’ project to encourage interest in, and promote, the wildlife, environment and heritage of Salford Docklands

Peter Hughes, Chairman of the Salford Docklands Heritage and Nature Group says “Salford people are proud of the industrial heritage of Salford Docks, and although there have been some projects that have acknowledged the dockers, such as Unlocking The Quays, many people still don’t even know that Salford Quays used to be a working docks and that the dockers gave blood, sweat and tears to this country”

The working docks closed in 1982 and in the 1980’s birdwatchers began to recognise the old docklands as a top birdwatching site with thousands of diving ducks

In recent years, a small group of naturalists have worked hard to record over 120 species of bird and over 150 species of flora, birdwatching cruises and wildlife tours have become popular, and interest in the heritage and environment has led to the formation of community groups such as the Salford Docklands Heritage and Nature Group and the Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group

James Walsh, one of the originators of the Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group says “The Salford Docklands Project is a social enterprise peoples’ project – with Salford becoming a social enterprise city and more and more people loving the heritage and wildlife of the area, now is the perfect time to launch this project”

The Salford Docklands Project Launch is on Saturday 30th May with a Birdwatching Cruise and a Heritage and Nature Tour

Tickets for the Cruise are available on this link

http://shop.visitsalford.info/30-May–Birdwatching-cruise-Quays-Circular-8-00am-i96.htm

For the Heritage and Nature Tour meet at The Lowry Bridge at 10am

LINKS

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=2743

Salford To Become The North-Wests’ First Social Enterprise City

http://www.manchesterbirding.com/salforddockssiteguide.htm

Birdwatchers Guide To Salford Docklands

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/48971-comment:_salford’s_ecotourism_potential.html

Salfords’ EcoTourism Potential

https://mancunianbirder.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/pomona-an-eden-project-for-the-north/

Pomona – An Eden Project For The North

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/51744-the_salford_docklands_big_five_-_lapwing.html

The Big Five – Lapwing

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/51728-the_salford_docklands_big_five_-_kingfisher.html

The Big Five – Kingfisher

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/51690-the_salford_docklands_big_five_-_mute_swans.html

The Big Five – Mute Swan

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/51764-the_salford_docklands_big_five_-_grey_heron.html

The Big Five – Grey Heron

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/51940-the_salford_docklands_big_five_-_cormorant.html

The Big Five – Cormorant

http://www.salfordonline.com/localnews_page/45687-twitchers_flocking_to_salford.html

Twitchers Flocking To Salford

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/42534-twitchers:_fly_to_salford_quays_for_new_cruise.html

Twitchers Fly To Salford Quays For New Cruise

http://www.salfordonline.com/lifestyles_page/46157-the_name’s_duck,_gary_duck_-_goldeneye_spotted_at_salford_quays.html

The Name’s Duck, Gary Duck

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