This unique location is a short trip from Manchester city centre, accessible from the A62 on Oldham Road, is a brief 20 minute drive into nature. With parking available on site there is no excuse to get out, get muddy and immerse yourself in the wildlife – you won’t regret it, there is so much to see and explore!
The reserve is home to a range of habitat types, and overtime has developed a variety of new species. Take a walk through the woodland, surrounded by wonderfully tall trees whilst you listen in a cacophony of bird song. Watch out for Reed Bunting, Linnet, Kestrel and Snipe, but be quick as they will soon fly out into the distance! Closer the ground, stroll through the marshland, (unusual in Manchester) which has created a cracking breeding spot for common frogs and smooth newts.
Also on the list to see; a Brown Hawker Dragonfly, Common Blue Damselfly and more recently a Broad Bodied Chaser, another dragonfly who has also been spotted taking a trip through the Northern forest. A must see, fingers crossed we will be able to witness it on the 24th April!
There is a plenty of great grassland to get lost in, with wonderfully long reeds to explore. Whilst walking you’ll be able to set your sites on some spectacular views and run your hands through soft common cotton grass. Who knew that such beautiful nature could exist in such close proximity to the city centre?
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust are particularly keen to invite members of the community over to experience the reserve. With fun for all the family, regular forest school sessions are ran to involve children in all aspects of nature. The great outdoors is an important discovery for all children to make. As you’re aware, our aim to introduce children and schools into the outdoors classroom, to discover and explore the possibilities of outdoor learning.
We are most proud to be running the first of our series of events at Moston Fairway; the location truly takes the wildlife to the city. Your visit will be a great chance to take a trip into nature…enjoy!