Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Salford Quays Bird Watching Cruise, Saturday 24 May 08:00 - 10:00

Join experienced local birdwatchers and our tame birder from the Greater Manchester Local Record Centre as you cruise around the stunning surroundings of Salford Quays and along the Manchester Ship Canal to the former Pomona Docks.

The area is steeped in industrial history, Salford Quays once being the busiest port in the world and is classified as a Site of Biological Importance. Over 100 species of bird have been seen here in recent years including Mute Swan, Cormorant, Grey Heron Kingfisher, Lapwing, Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Bullfinch Goldfinch and Greenfinch.

On last year's cruise we watched a Peregrine Falcon feeding on prey on a penthouse flat balcony and Sand Martins hawking for insects over the ship canal. Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were also hunting alongside the canal.

 Salford Quays, © Charlesdrakew/Wikimedia Commons

Please note although there is a sheltered cabin below deck, it's advisable to bring appropriate clothing in case of adverse weather conditions and should you wish to birdwatch from the open top deck. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

Tickets £11.00 per person can be purchased online here.

Departure point - Lowry Footbridge (Lowry Centre side of Salford Quays). To left of footbridge. Parking – Lowry Outlet Mall, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH.

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