The Manchester Big Five

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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

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