Wildlife conservation in Salford is being given a major boost by a dedicated volunteer.
Helen Whitehead, 27, from Bury, got in touch with the RSPB charity last month in the hope of launching a new branch in the city.
Helen said: “The aim of the group is to help towards local wildlife conservation issues.
“I want to bring the Salford community together and try to engage with different age groups.
“The plan is to make the city a more greener and wildlife friendly place.”
The local RSPB group will focus on improving the wildlife conservation issues in Salford and welcomes anyone to get involved.
Nature enthusiast Helen has many ideas for the local group, such as installing Swift bird boxes into the University campus and putting on wildlife photography competitions.
There are also future plans to visit other RSPB reserves around the UK, such as Leighton Moss in Silverdale.
“I want to bring the Salford community together”
Helen, who is studying Environmental Science at the University added: “If all these local groups do their own little bits, it will help contribute to green spaces and will increase bird population.”
James Walsh, known as the Mancunian Birder, is also happy about the new group, he said: “I’ve said for quite a while that the RSPB put a lot of their investment down south, I live in Oldham and we’ve only got one RSPB reserve here.
“They’ve got one or two local groups, but Salford needs more resources, and the city is a great place for bird watching so there is a lot of potential.”
Although Covid-19 has put the groups plans on hold, Helen will still be holding zoom meetings for anyone who is interested in joining the organisation.
Miss Whitehead hopes the RSPB group will encourage more people to explore Salford’s green spaces which will also give them something to do whilst being in tier 3.
She added: “Once everything is up and running the group will also have its own webpage and social media so people can get in contact.”
You can see some of Salfords best green spaces here.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), is the largest nature conservation charity in the country and has been running since 1889.
There are many local groups around the UK but until this month, there was never one in Salford.
For those who are interested in joining the RSPB group, you can contact Helen via email at H.C.Whitehead@edu.salford.ac.uk