Biodiversity and The Debdale Nature Centre:

We were fortunate enough in previous years to work with the Greater Manchester Local Records Centre (GMLRC) and Matt Holker from the 'From Grey to Green' project team.  Their remit was to raise awareness of biodiversity in Greater Manchester and to encourage and train local people to identify and record wildlife.  Together we held a number of community events on our site, exploring the different forms of wildlife, and building habitats to encourage ecosystem development.

Following these sessions, we have invested some of our recent grant awards into a small amount of equipment to enable us to provide future wildlife identification events on-site.  This includes 2 Trailcams (portable, hidden, nightview cameras with fast-acting movement sensors to capture wildlife pictures), a Bat Detector, Digital Microscopes (used with a computer to magnify specimens to aid in identification) and our Brand New 'Bird-Box TV' (A 4-camera system constantly recording the inside of 4 of our bird-boxes outside The Trading Shed, with a monitoring screen inside).

The Future:

Due to a new and exciting partnerships with The Gorton Heritage Trail and The Friends of Debdale Park, we soon hope to establish The Debdale Nature Centre on our site - an educational community resource, building on our previous work in the area, merged with modern technology allowing us to monitor and record wildlife activity.  We will be developing a programme of nature-based learning days, exploring the diverse variety of animals, birds, insects and plants that surround us, on our site, and in the green corridor stretching from the Audenshaw Reservoirs through to the Gore Brook Valley Conservation Area


Ambitious, but realistic plans are that we will install several hi-tech monitoring stations throughout the area, ideally placed to enable us to watch live footage and record wildlife activity, day and night, in the Centre based on our allotment site.  By developing further partnerships with other local organisations and groups, and applying for project funding, this scheme will build in manageable stages, adding further value to the educational experience and potential that surrounds us in the rural oasis we help to maintain, within our urban inner-city location.

Please check back here regularly to keep up to date with our progress.

You can use the links on the left to see footage from our site Trailcams, and examples of Photography.

To see details of our Wildlife Events please see our News and Events pages.