Monday, 7 May 2012

Grey to Green Taster Session, Chorlton Ees

Last year the Greater Manchester Local Records Centre (GMLRC), which is attached to the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU), submitted a bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund - and the bid was successful. The resulting project, which will run for three years, is called 'From Grey to Green' and its aim is to encourage the people of Greater Manchester to appreciate and record the wildlife around them. I think that this is a very exciting development and that FoCM should be involved as much as possible.

Initially Steve Atkins, of GMLRC, will run a taster session on Chorlton Ees - details below:

Wildlife taster session – Sat 2nd June 10.30 to 12.30 at Chorlton Ees. This will be an introduction to the From Grey to Green project, explaining why it is important to record flora and fauna. There will be a walk around the local area demonstrating how the course will teach people to identify and record wildlife. The aim is to explain to people how they can contribute to protecting sites and conserving species through recording and to encourage people to sign up for future courses.

The meeting place will be Chorlton Ees car park which is at the end of the cobbled road off Brookburn Road, Chorlton (the entrance to the cobbled road is between Brookburn Road Primary School and Chorlton Brook).

More events are planned and I will let you know about them when details become available.

If you want to know more about the 'From Grey to Green' project, please contact Steve; his e-mail is: stephen.atkins@tameside.co.uk.

Dave Bishop (FoCM Chair)


Anonymous said...

Sounds good!

Eve said...

Slightly random question, but do you have any idea what species the green fly shown in the picture is?

Friends of Chorlton Meadows said...

It's a very good question, Eve. But it's one that I had hoped no-one would ask me!

Entomology is a huge and complicated subject with enormous numbers of taxonomic groups. I've tried looking the green fly up in my (somewhat limited) library of insect books - without a lot of success. If I was to make a wild, largely uneducated, guess - I would say that it's possibly some sort of parasitic fly ... possibly related to Ichneumon flies ... ???

Anyone out there who can better answer Eve's question?