Trafford Wildlife

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About Us

Trafford Wildlife is the latest evolution of a group of volunteers that have actively supported improvement to wildlife reserves in the Trafford area since the 1970's.  We run a number of practical tasks throughout the year together with talks and walks, mostly with other wildlife supporter groups in the Trafford area. Our aim is to carry out and promote practical conservation in the local area.

About Us



Dr Jennifer Wood


I graduated from Salford University in 2006 with a degree in Wildlife and Practical Conservation .I became involved in the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and l served as a Trustee for 3 years. I have been involved with conservation in Trafford for many years and believe conservation is particularly precious in urban areas so that people can engage with green areas in their own neighbourhood.

David Reeves

Task Co-ordinator, Treasurer & Task Leader

I have been actively working on nature conservation in Trafford for 25 years. I am a volunteer and member of several local organisations, including the National Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust North Group and Altrincham Naturalists, as well as Trafford Wildlife. I co-ordinate the conservation work across the reserves looked after by Trafford Wildlife.

Geoff Densham

Secretary & Task Leader

I've been volunteering with nature conservation organisations for much of my life and I'm a strong believer that our limited nature areas in Trafford need protecting and nurturing. Volunteering on Nature reserves is enjoyable and beneficial to mental health.

Janet Turnbull

Task Leader

Since my career in education came to an end in 2011 I have been able to expand my interest in the natural world and have enjoyed working with The Conservation Volunteers and latterly with Trafford Wildlife. I am a member of Butterfly Conservation, the RSPB and National Trust, all of which seek to promote and protect our wildlife and heritage. I am also a keen photographer and belong to the Nature group of the Royal Photographic Society. I look forward to helping to introduce other people to the joys of nature and conservation.

Barry Craven

Task Leader

I have been involved in residential conservation projects throughout the UK and in Europe for approximately 15 years. I have worked as a volunteer with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the National Trust for Scotland. I began working locally with Trafford Wildlife when Covid 19 restrictions were relaxed earlier this year. I have enjoyed the conservation tasks in an environment that can be as safe as possible given the threat of Covid 19. I highly recommend this group.

Habitat Sites

Black Moss Covert (SBI)

Deciduous woodland found on a peat mossland

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Brookheys Covert (SSSI & Ancient Woodland)

Ancient woodland with a large number of bird species

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Hogswood Covert (SBI & Ancient Woodland)

Damp deciduous woodland that contains several ponds & a rich ground flora

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Seamons Moss Covert

Broadleaved plantation

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Sinderland Green Covert (SBI)

Broadleaved woodland plantation with 32 species of bird recorded.

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White Oak Covert (SBI)

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Bird Haunts and Nature Memories (of Carrington Moss) by T A Coward

Memories of a Cheshire Moor. First edition printed in 1922.

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Sinderland Camp

Wartime history of Sinderland area

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Carrington Moss: A Short History

The 19th, 20th - and 21st - century development of Carrington Moss

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Sinderland Corridor

The reserves of the Sinderland Brook corridor from Broadheath to Red Brook

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What other Nature related groups are there in the Trafford area?

We have partnered with (or our members have partnered) with the following:
Altrincham and District Natural History Society (AltNats) 
City of Trees (CoT)
Friends of Bowdon Bollin (FoBB)
Friends of Bridgewater Canal (FoBC)
Friends of Carrington Moss (FoCM) and Ecology Subgroup
National Trust Dunham Massey
Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers (SACV)
Sale Wombles
Save Flixton Green Belt

What minimum age limits apply to volunteers on TW tasks?

This depends on the time of year, the nature of the task and the site.  As a general rule the minimum age is 16 and everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Most tasks involve getting wet & muddy. There may be TW tasks where under 16's may be able join.  For a specific event please email a question through the 'Join Us' page.

I'd like to make a financial donation to Trafford Wildlife to support the group's work on behalf of local wildlife. How do I do this?

Please contact us through the 'Join us' page and we will provide our account details.  Regular donations enable us to better plan our expenditure but one off donations are just as welcome.

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