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.
We are currently running litterpicking tasks 10-12 most Mondays and nature conservation tasks most Wednesdays and Fridays 10am to about 3pm. We have a monthly task on the second Sunday (usually) of each month 10-2.
Up until September much of our work is removing invasive Himalayan balsam. This requires no prior experience, just the ability to ignore the occasional rain shower and to get stuck in. Balsam, once removed enables indigenous plants such as hogweed, bramble and nettle to provide a more varied food store for wildlife. In addition, balsam tends to invade river banks and the tiny root structure leaves river banks open to excessive erosion.
From October onwards we will be removing invasive rhododendron and birch and we will be planting heathers. We are also working on our latest project - the creation of Willow Tit habitats along the Sinderland Brook corridor.
Our Sunday tasks are communicated through an email list. Our weekday tasks are communicated through Trafford Wildlife Facebook and Trafford Wildlife WhatsApp. To hear about weekday tasks put a friend request through Trafford Wildlife Facebook and for WhatsApp drop us a line through this website Join Us page. To go onto the Sunday tasks email list drop us a line through the 'Join us' page indicating weekdays or Sunday interest - or both!