Wild About Manchester

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How to make a bird box


Nestboxes are excellent substitutes for the holes found in old trees,
and are an excellent way of encouraging birds into your garden.

To find out how to make your own check out our “How To” Guides!

Peregrine Falcon Update


In the heart of Manchester, an amazing wildlife spectacle is taking place. A family of peregrines
has made its home high above the city’s bustling streets. These agile birds of prey are the fastest
birds in the world, reaching speeds of up to 180 mph in vertical dives. When they’re not catching
prey to feed their chicks, the city’s new residents can be seen perched on ledges of the tallest buildings.

How to create a wildlife pond


Pond creation is a great way of attracting wildlife into your back garden, school or park. Even the smallest amount of water is greatly benefical as a place to drnik, take refuge or breed. Take a look at our how to guids to find out more…

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Make a bug hotel PDF Print E-mail


Making a bug hotel for your garden or school is a very easy way of making a home for a wide variety of insects.

Follow these six easy steps to make your own...

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Firstly, take about 12 or so bits of bamboo (they need to be about the same length but it doesn't matter how wide they all are)

Make sure that you have the right amount to hold in between your hands.

Ask someone to hold the bamboo sticks for you. Wrap a length of garden twine around all of the bamboo about three or four times, making sure that you knot it each time.
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You need to tie the bamboo at both ends.

Once you've finished tying the knots, carefully trim the ends of the twine with a pair of scissors (make sure you don't cut your fingers at the same time!) If it's a bit loose, you can push another piece of bamboo stick into the middle to tighten the knots.

Finish off by wrapping another piece of twine around the middle, so that you can hang your bug hotel up in the garden. Hopefully, within a couple of weeks, you'll be able to see all sorts of insects making their home inside and around it.