Pomona Flora List

Ecologists have recorded over 150 species of flora on Pomona, making the site a naturalists/ecologists paradise

Join us on the #SavePomonaGathering, Saturday 1st August from 2pm-5pm to see how many species we can spot

WILLOW FAMILY (Salicaceae)

Goat willow

Grey willow

Crack willow

BIRCH FAMILY (Betulaceae)

Silver birch

OAK FAMILY (Fagaceae)


NETTLE FAMILY (Urticaceae)


DOCK FAMILY (Polygonaceae)

Common Sorrell (Rumex acetosa)

Water Dock


FAT HEN FAMILY (Chenopodiaceae)

Spear-leaved Orache

PINK FAMILY (Caryophyllaceae)

Common Mouse-ear

Common Chickweed

WATER-LILY FAMILY (Nymphaeaceae)

Yellow-water Lily

BUTTERCUP FAMILY (Ranunculaceae)

Creeping Buttercup


Meadow buttercup
POPPY FAMILY (Papaveraceae)

Opium Poppy

Common Poppy


Common Ramping Fumitory


Annual Wall-rocket

Hedge Mustard

Thale cress

Lesser Swine-cress

Common Whitlow Grass




Biting Stonecrop

White Stonecrop

ROSE FAMILY (Rosaceae)


Wall Cotoneaster

Field Rose


Dog Rose


Silver weed

PEA FAMILY (Leguminosae)

Bush Vetch

Black Medick

Common Vetch

Meadow Vetchling

Hare’s-foot Clover

Birds Foot Trefoil

Zigzag Clover

White Melilot

Ribbed Melilot
Yellow Melilot

Red clover


Large Hop Trefoil
Hairy Tare

Russell Lupin

SPURGE FAMILY (Euphorbiaceae)

Sun Spurge

RUE FAMILY (Rutaceae)


HOLLY FAMILY (Aquifoliaceae)



Sea Buckthorn


Perforate St. Johns Wort

Imperforate St John’s-wort


Rosebay Willowherb

Broad-leaved Willowherb

Small Willow Herb

IVY FAMILY (Araliaceae)

Common Ivy

CARROT FAMILY (Umbelliferae)

Garden Angelica

Wild Carrot

Giant Hogweed

Hemlock Water-dropwort


Large-flowered Evening-primrose



GENTIAN FAMILY (Gentianaceae)


Common Centuary



BORAGE FAMILY (Boraginaceae)

Russian Comfrey

BUDDLEIA FAMILY (Buddlejaceae)


FIGWORT FAMILY (Scrophulariaceae)

Common Toadflax


Speedwell (Persian?)

PLANTAIN FAMILY (Plantaginaceae)

Ribwort Plantain

Greater Plantain

VALERIAN FAMILY (Valerianaceae)

Red Valerian

DAISY FAMILY (Compositae/Asteraceae)

Canadian Golden Rod





Oxford Ragwort

Michaelmas Daisy

Sea Aster

Blue Fleabane

Canadian Fleabane


Unscented Mayweed


Lesser Knapweed

Spear Thistle

Smooth Sowthistle

Creeping Thistle




Leafy Hawkweed


Wall Lettuce

Nipple Wort

Oxeye Daisy

ARROW-GRASS FAMILY (Juncaginaceae)

Field Woodrush

PONDWEED FAMILY (Potamogetonaceae)

Curled Pondweed

DAFFODIL FAMILY (Amaryllidaceae)


IRIS FAMILY (Iridaceae)

Flag Iris

BUR-REED FAMILY (Sparganiaceae)

Bur-reed sp



ORCHID FAMILY (Orcidaceae)

Bee Orchid

Northern Marsh Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid

Hybrid Orchids


Japanese Knotweed

Amphibious Bistort


Herb Robert

Soft cranesbill


Pampas grass

Reed Canary Grass


Pendulous Sedge

Hard Rush


Field Horsetail


Rhytidiaphelus moss


Pestle Puffballs


Stump Puffball


Groundsel Cluster Cup


Dog Lichen sp


Alternative Plans For Pomona Unveiled

The Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group and North England EcoTourism (NEET) have unveiled alternative plans for Pomona, a new vision for the area as an Ecology Centre, An Eden Project For The North

The current plans from Peel and Council bigwigs are for yet more dull flats – have we not got enough flats already ? – but there are growing calls for the area to be home to be something fresh and new that illustrates Manchester as a progressive and forward looking city

The plans are a collaboration of ecologists from the University of Salford and architects from the University of Manchester and can be viewed here


A spokesperson from NEET said “We believe that a majority of people in the Manchester/Trafford/Salford area would prefer to have Pomona as an Eden Project-style nature reserve and tourism attraction if a public consultation and vote were to take place”

“Everyone in the Manchester area, from business leaders to council chiefs to councillors to environmentalists, all have a chance to work together and build something special that can be a flagship site for Manchester European City of Science”

“We would urge everyone who shares our view of an alternative vision for Pomona to write to the Trafford Council Planning Department before 5th August”

A Save Pomona Gathering is on Saturday 1st August 2pm-5pm, the hosts are the Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group and Skyliner and all are invited to experience the magic of Pomona Island


Pomona, A Call To Action


Press Release: Heritage Group says NO MORE Heritage/Environmental Destruction!

#LovePomona #MSCWorldHeritage #SavePomona

“The Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group have today called for all the Councils, businesses and authorities that cover the area of Salford Docklands and the Manchester Ship Canal to commit to not destroy any more of OUR heritage

The Manchester Ship Canal area should be an official World Heritage site for it’s heritage and environmental value

Along the Canal, we have over 120 years of heritage, and the length of the Manchester Ship Canal is full of amazing environmental sites such as Woolston Eyes, Frodsham Marsh, Moore Nature Reserve and Pomona Docks, and the canal itself is a huge wildlife corridor

The building of Media City destroyed a large area of wildlife habitat on North Wharf and then in November 2013 Salford Council, aided and abetted by Eric Pickles and Don Foster, destroyed the last remaining docks cranes, a big symbol of Salford Docks – this was done despite the fact that all relevant paperwork was submitted to Salford City Council to take the cranes to public ownership in the form of a Heritage Preservation Order

During the winter of 2013/14 the people of Salford were forced to suffer as the fracking industry attempted to violently force its way onto the Salford Mosses – a site of very high ecological and heritage importance

This year, protectors have moved onto a site adjacent to Woolston Eyes to stop extreme energy in the form of Coal Bed Methane mining from happening

With news of Trafford Council and Peels’ planned eco-cide for Pomona Docks, an area of high ecological and heritage importance, now is the time to say NO MORE destruction of our heritage and environment

It is time for all authorities and businesses along the Manchester Ship Canal to recognise the true importance of the heritage and environment of this globally important area

It is time for a radical new, green and respectful approach to the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Docklands”



Pomona – An Eden Project For The North


Woolston Protectors Are National Heroes

Salford’s Blue Cranes


Salford Community Fury At Council Cranes Snub

Cranes Demolition


Heritage Trashed

Pomona – A Flora Paradise

Bee Orchid on Pomona, Salford Docklands

#Love Nature  #SalfordDocklandsProject  #PomonaFlora  #LovePomona  #SavePomona

The Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group today publish the Official Pomona Flora List

Over 150 flora species have been recorded on-site thanks to the field work of a team of ecologists

Thirty three of the flora species are species that are on the Site of Biological Importance Flora List

Site of Biological Importance Species

Species Scientific Name
Pendulous Sedge Carex pendula
Meadowsweet Filipenda ulmaria
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum
Yellow Flag Iris Iris pseudacorus
Hemlock Waterdropwort Oenathe crocata
Hart’s tongue Fern Phyllitis scolopendrium
Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Yellow wort Blackstonia perfoliata
Common knapweed Centaurea nigra
Common centaury Centaurium erythraea
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Northern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza purpurella
Hybrid Orchids Dactylorhiza hybrids
Blue Fleabane Erigeron acer
Hawkweed Heiracium
Imperforate St John’s wort Hypericum maculatum
Perforate St John’s wort Hypericum perforatum
Cat’s ear Hypochaeris radicata
Meadow Vetchling Lathyrus pratensis
Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
Common Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Black Medick Medicago lupulina
Bee Orchid Ophyrus apifera
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata
Silverweed Potentilla anserina
Selfheal Prunella vulgaris
Common Sorrel Rumex accetosa
Goat’s beard Tragopogon pratensis
Bush Vetch Vicia sepium
Common Vetch Vicia sativa
Curled Pondweed Potamogeton crispus
Water Dock Rumex hydrolapathum

The Manchester Big Five

#MancBigFive   #ManchesterECOS

To celebrate Manchester becoming the European City of Science naturalists have selected a Manc Big Five species to represent and promote the Manchester area

  1. PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)

A species that has made Manchester city centre its’ home and can be seen flying around anywhere in the Manchester area, with Salford Docklands a regular site

During the summer, there is an un-official viewpoint in The Triangle area of Manchester to view Peregrines

This species represents the modern urban jungle of Manchester

  1. FOX (Vulpes vulpes)

A mammal that has thrived in Manchester and can be seen anywhere in the city and the suburbs

  1. RING-NECKED PARAKEET (Psittacula krameri)

Now a feature of the Manchester environment, in places such as Platt Fields Park, Chorlton Water Park and the Rusholme area

  1. GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Podiceps cristatus)

A feature of the lakes of the Manchester area, Sale Water Park, Chorlton Water Park, Platt Fields Park Lake, Boggart Hole Clough, and occasional visitor to Salford Docklands

  1. HEDGEHOG (Atelerix albiventris)

The Hedgehog is thought to be one of the oldest mammals on the planet, perhaps 15 millions years! Manchester is known for a very unique urban Hedgehog sanctuary

Salford’s Buzzin’

#BeeReal #SalfordsBuzzin  #LoveNature  #NatureInSalford

Sightings of a rare Meadow Grasshopper and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth in Salford have made local and national headlines

Salford is getting a decent reputation for wildlife and countryside as more people discover sites such as the Salford Mosses, the River Irwell, the Salford Docklands, Kersal Moor, Buile Hill Park and the Country Parks

Promotion of Salfords’ greenspaces has been given a welcome boost with photos of a stunning female Meadow Grasshopper making the Daily Mirror and the Belfast Telegraph

Just as news of this remarkable find hit the national media, another big insect find was made – a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at the new Salford Meadows Nature Reserve

One of the stars of the Salford insect scene is the Tawny Mining Bee, a bee that nests underground, and can be found at sites such as Kersal Moor and Buile Hill Park

Salford has also recently had it’s first record of the White-letter Hairstreak Butterfly

The Salford Mosses are an insect watchers paradise, especially for dragonfly and damselfly enthusiasts, and there are still hopes that the Manchester Argus (Large Heath) Butterfly can re-colonise, or be re-introduced, to this area



Daily Mirror, Rare Pink Grasshopper


BT News, Pink Grasshopper Seen In Salford


Belfast Telegraph, Pink Grasshopper Seen In Salford


MEN, Incredible Rare Pink Grasshopper Spotted In Salford


SalfordOnline, Hummingbird Hawkmoth Arrives In Salford From Africa



Manchester Argus (Large Heath) Butterfly


White-letter Hairstreak Butterfly




Chat Moss – Home To An Enormous Variety Of Wildlife


Salford Mosses – Open For People And Wildlife

James Walsh Speech, Lancashire County Council, Thursday 25th June 2015

My name is James Walsh, I’m a professional ecologist and Eco-Tourism expert

First of all, I would like to ask where Mr Perigo is getting the advice from to make such outlandish statements as the presence of the fracking industry will not affect tourism and agriculture!

I would also like to ask why Mr Perigo is narrowing the terms that the Committee can refuse the application on ? Surely that is up to the Committee to decide

I would like to state that North West MPs & MEPs, including Cat Smith, Kate Green, Lucy Powell & Michael Meacher have called for all fracking applications to be withdrawn or refused planning permission

I find it truly staggering that officials are saying that this application should only be rejected on traffic grounds! Have no Lancashire County Council officials done any research on the fracking industry ? Yes this application should be rejected on traffic grounds but there are about 50 other more important reasons that this application, and all fracking applications, should be rejected!

Fracking might create a few jobs, but how many jobs is it going to destroy? Have the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce looked at how much The Fylde is worth in the future without fracking ? Have they looked into how many jobs could be created through Sustainable Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Eco-Tourism ? The Fylde is worth far more, economically, without fracking, and you need to look at long-term economic projections before making a decision, long-term business models for The Fylde say that fracking does NOT make economic sense

I have heard many people speak in this room and say that Blackpool and Lancashire, has economic, and employment, problems, and I acknowledge that, so I suggest that we all work together and find the solutions to this that don’t involve fracking

With fracking we are talking about a finite resource, have you thought about what The Fylde would look like in 10 or 20 years time after the fracking industry has left after plundering our environment? Who is going to pay for the clean-up ? Are Cuadrilla ? Are the Members of the Committee ?

The fracking industries’ economic projections are way too narrow and are only concerned with self-interest, not the knock-on effects to other industries, so the figures that the fracking industry rolls out might sound ok on their own but when entered into The Fyldes’ business model, and the wider Lancashire business model, the figures make for paltry, and dangerous, reading

I would say to you, members of the Committee, that you need to make a decision on whether you want The Fylde to be a fracking area or a tourism and agriculture area, because you can’t have both

I would like to ask the Members of the Committee to think about how much you actually know about fracking ? Have you actually been to America or Australia and witnessed first-hand the destruction that the fracking industry has caused ? Have you done any research on the concept of Reckless Endangerment ? Are you really in a position to say yes ? Members of the Committee, I wish to warn you that history will not judge you kindly if you vote for fracking to happen in our beloved county of Lancashire

We are literally wasting our time on fracking, and we need to build not a Northern Powerhouse, but a NORTHERN GREENHOUSE

I would urge all members of the Committee to look at ALL the alternatives to fracking before committing their vote, read the Zero Carbon Britain Report, a publication from the Centre for Alternative Technology, who have mapped a way for us to completely de-carbonise the UK economy, read the information from the One Million Climate Jobs campaign on how we can create one Million green jobs nationally, solving employment issues AND climate issues

I would also like to re-iterate my invitation to Cuadrilla to withdraw these applications and join the global divestment movement

I would also like to re-iterate my invitation to Lancashire County Council to join the global divestment movement and transfer Council funds from dirty industry to the clean, green industry

All members of the Council I wish to remind you of your council motto “In Council Is Wisdom” I trust that this Council is going to show true wisdom and say NO to all fracking in Lancashire

James Walsh Speech at Lancashire County Council, Tuesday 23rd June 2015

From Tuesday 23rd June to Monday 29th June 2015 a Lancashire County Council Planning Committee meeting took place in Preston to decide whether to allow fracking at 2 Fylde sites, here is one of the speeches given to the Lancashire Planning Committee:

My name is James Walsh, I’m a proud Lancastrian, at the General Election I stood to represent the North, and I would like to thank Lancashire County Council for inviting me to speak at this very important event

My family have all served this country faithfully, and I am here today to stand up for my country, to say NO MORE destruction of our land! A current buzz phrase is “Speak Up For What You Love” and I am here to Speak Up For What I Love, the Lancashire people and the Lancashire environment

The Fylde is a beautiful place full of amazing wildlife such as huge flocks of Pink-footed Geese, and we need to keep our environment as clean as possible

I’m a qualified ecologist at the University of Salford, I have conducted 2 years of scientific research on the fracking industry and I am currently looking at Green Economics and writing a Critique, Appraisal and Enhancement of the Northern Powerhouse

The scientific case says NO Fracking, the financial case says NO FRACKING, the moral case says NO Fracking, The Pope says NO FRACKING, common sense says NO Fracking, the political case says NO Fracking and, most importantly of all, the people of Lancashire say NO Fracking, therefore, the fracking industry has NO SOCIAL LICENSE – The People Say No Fracking In Lancashire, No Fracking Anywhere

And the economic case for fracking is growing weaker every day, Mark Carney, Head of the Bank of England, says that “the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves are un-burnable if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2 degrees Celsius, therefore avoiding catastrophic climate change”

World Oil Magazine stated on 19th June that the US Fracking Industry is in debt $235 billion dollars, can we really afford to bring such a risky, dirty and economically non-sensical industry to Lancashire ? NO

Graham Brady, Chairman of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee, states that “the falling oil price may make fracking uneconomic in many places”

David Cameron has promised to lead the Greenest Government Ever, therefore, fracking should not be permitted to happen in the UK and Andy Burnham, a Northern lad, has called for a fracking moratorium

The Mercer Research Report, recently reported on Bloomberg, states “There are two types of business people, future takers, like the fracking industry who take resources from future generations, and future makers, who have sound ecology built into their business model” We need Lancashire to be the future makers

The business world is moving at an incredible pace towards the green economy and de-carbonisation of the global economy and we have to keep pace

I have credentials as a top authority in UK birdwatching, I am a qualified Eco-Tourism expert and I have researched the environment on a global level

Having recently qualified from University, I am looking to start a business that can provide the jobs of the future

With my qualifications I could start up an environmental business almost anywhere, but my first choice is Lancashire, however, I would not be prepared to start a business in an area that is subjected to fracking

We are literally wasting our time on fracking, and we need to build not a Northern Powerhouse, but a NORTHERN GREENHOUSE

The motto of Blackpool is Progress and it is time for real Progress and making Blackpool a green city

I wish to take this opportunity to invite Lancashire County Council, the North West Energy Task Force and Cuadrilla to join the global divestment movement

We have the Global Paris Climate Talks just five months ahead in November 2015 and we need to show real leadership on the environment

It was said that the banks were too big to fail, in my opinion the planet is too big to fail

We need to build a modern vision for The Fylde, a long-term plan, starting with a common sense decision saying NO to fracking

Members of the committee, I urge you to take on board the words of The Popes’ new encyclical “On The Care Of Our Common Home, The Earth” Pope Francis demands swift action to save the planet from environmental ruin

I wish to make you aware that you hold the hopes of the people, and the fortunes of future generations, in your vote, and ask you to think about what you are going to tell your grand-children about how you voted

Try to look into the future on how your decision is going to affect the people of Lancashire, and the wider world

I urge you to vote with your conscience and vote with your heart and say NO to fracking and YES to a clean and green future

Lancashire Green Gathering, Saturday 11th July 2015

#OhLancashireIsWonderful #LoveLancashire #WeAreAllLancashire #RealLancashire #BanFrackingNow

A special afternoon of Lancastrian fun, Lancashire cakes, SolidariTEA and lemonade on Lytham Green

Lancastrians and supporters are gathering for a solidarity picnic at the iconic Lytham Windmill, a big symbol of one of Lancashires’ original renewable energy industries

From midday on Saturday 11th July, people are gathering to celebrate a historic decision, that saw Lancashire politicians say NO to fracking, and to look forward to the future



Greenpeace Energy Desk: Climate Change Is At The Heart Of The UK Anti-Fracking Movement


Financial Times, UK Fracking Boom Hits Northern Set-back, June 29th 2015


Financial Times, Cuadrilla Fracking Application Rejected By Lancashire Councillors, June 25th 2015


Barton Moss Re-Union