On Saturday, May 11th, a two hour cruise around Salford Quays will set off at 8am to watch for birdies including mute swans, lapwings, grey herons, kingfishers and cormorants. The cruise will also be on the lookout for sand martins, house ,martins, swifts, swallows, gulls, terns, sandpipers, a range of finches and resident duck `Gary The Goldeneye'.
"People don't believe you when you talk about the variety of birds that you can see at Salford Quays" says cruise co-host James Walsh, a University of Salford Wildlife and Conservation student, whose family worked at the original Docks.
"It's a really important wildlife corridor and over 100 species have been seen around the docklands area" he adds ""So come with us and take in an alternative viewpoint of the Quays, see some truly amazing birds and learn about their fascinating lives. This is a real life Springwatch-style experience."
Also on board will be Steve Atkins from the Greater Manchester Local Record Centre which is running a three year wildlife recording project, From Grey to Green.
Hopefully on the cruise the story will be told how Peel Holdings employed a company to scare off the Little Ringed Plover with hawks and falcons to clear the site for MediaCity UK (see previous Salford Star article click here)…
…And how Salford Council's proposed demolition of the blue Cargo Cranes on the Quays threatens the pre-roost site for large numbers of starlings…
Wildlife Quays Cruise
Saturday May 11th 8am £11
Lasts two hours
75 tickets only are available from Salford Tourist Information Centre
To book phone 0161 848 8601.