Biodiversity in Manchester

One focus of the next Envirolution will be Biodiversity. 

We are looking to contribute to improving the Biodiversity of Manchester and using the summer’s event to launch a project in Platt Fields Park.

2010 was the UN Year of Biodiversity , which was extended into a decade focus.  It is important to build on the projects and work that comes from a year of awareness on a subject to really make a lasting impact.

This post is the beginning of conversation to develop a biodiversity project in Manchester.  The following is my understanding of what can be done and is not suppose to be a defined approach (or expert knowledge).

Biodiversity can be managed with  natural corridors but we have broke up these by creating concrete desserts of cities, roads and mono-culture.  We need to reintroduce corridors that mirror nature and take advantage of the natural resources available, such as rivers.

There are large areas of greenery in the city, in our parks, that could be transformed into natural havens instead of over managed unnatural green areas.  We can then use cycle paths,  rivers, canals, gardens, green roofs to create the corridors through the city.

Some of the outcomes that Envirolution would like to see are:
Coordination of existing projects;
Creation of complimentary projects;
Mapping of corridors;
Cataloguing of biodiversity
Education of residents
Involvement,  interaction and appreciation of nature by all

Please add your thoughts or email Envirolution if you would like to contribute

A great 13 point list posted on Envirolution Facebook page:
* Encourage gardening for wildlife;
* Increase inner-city/suburban Organic or Permaculture gardening;
* Work with businesses to employ the above on their premises;
* Guerilla gardening;
* Challenge development plans that threaten habitats;
* Become a conservation volunteer with BTCV, or your local ranger team, ‘Friends of’ group etc.;
* Work to extend and diversify wildlife friendly habitats – woodlands, hedges, ponds etc. – in our public spaces, including parks, cemeteries, waste-ground, grass verges, roofs etc.;
* Reduce reliance on foods that have been grown using pesticides;
* Re-localise – reduce food miles and reliance on foreign imports. Invest and support in local business and creativity;
* Shift towards increased use of intermediate technologies;
* Re-introduce coppicing and pollarding in some of our local woodlands;
* Look at other ways in which our activities impact on biodiversity, such as pollution, noise and light pollution etc. and work to counteract it;
* And above all Challenge anthropocentric perceptions and work to reconnect our culture to nature through education and personal experience;



Envirolution, Manchester’s Environmental Festival

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