The directory for contacts in the county from bird recorders to Police Wildlife Liaison Officers, and all in between!
If you should find information in this section incorrect or out of date, please inform me here straight away so I may keep the contacts as current as possible, thanks.
Ian McKerchar, 42 Green Avenue, Astley, M29 7EH. Tel. 01942 701758 Mobile: 07958 687481. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSISTANT COUNTY BIRD RECORDER
also Assistant BTO Regional Representative, Manchester Region
Steve Atkins, 33 King's Grove, Wardle, Rochdale OL12 9HR. Tel. 01706 645097. Email: email@example.com
Stephen Suttill, 94 Manchester Road, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne Ol5 9AY. Tel. 01457 836360. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BTO BREEDING BIRD SURVEY ORGANISER
Judith Smith, 522 Warrington Road, Abram, Wigan WN2 5XX. Tel. 01942 861759. Email: email@example.com
Jamie Dunning, Flat 2, Palatine Road, Withington M20 3JL. Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Obtainable from Edward Lawrance (Wildlife Warden), United Utilities, Longdendale Office, Tintwistle, Nr Glossop SK13 1HS. Email: Edward.email@example.com . Telephone: 01457 851080. As Heaton Park Reservoir is now designated a 'secure site', access is not possible without a permit and two sets of keys (supplied to permit holders) but unfortunately permits are being restricted in number and it appears that a waiting list already exists. Anyone still interested should still contact Edward as soon as possible.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE CRIME UNIT: Andy McWilliam. Tel. 07884 116585. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (in the event of information relating to suspects involved in wildlife crime, details should be passed onto Andy McWilliam of the National Wildlife Crime Unit as well as the local Police WLO and the RSPB).
COUNTY WLO: GM Police no longer has any Police Wildlife Liaison Officers so please direct all enquires or information relating to wildlife crime to them via their 101 non-emergency number or the 999 emergency number.
The Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU) is funded by the 10 metropolitan boroughs of Manchester county and is based at: Ryecroft Hall, Manchester Road, Audenshaw M34 2GJ. Tel. 0161 371 9171 (reception). Email: email@example.com
GMEU is responsible for designating county Sites of Biological Interest (SBIs), which are graded A, B or C and re-surveying these at five-yearly intervals. They are also responsible for biodiversity issues and are working on a Greater Manchester Biodiversity Audit. Planning issues affecting SBIs are referred to them and staff will support these at Planning Enquiries. With the revision of Unitary Development Plans in all Greater Manchester's 10 authorities due in the next year or so, it is vital that GMEU safeguard SBIs with current information. There is a backlog of SBIs awaiting re-survey and a list is available from GMEU of those where up-to-date information is required. If you can help, please contact them.
Head of the unit is Derek Richardson. Tel. 0161 371 854
Other ecologists are: Suzanne Waymont, tel. 0161 371 5834 and Teresa Hughes, tel. 0161 371 8456.
The Biodiversity Project Officer is Mandy Elford. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Manchester office: The Grange Community Centre, Highfield Grange, Wigan, WN3 6SU. Tel. 01204 663754. Contact Martyn Walker on email: email@example.com
Westleigh Mews, Wakefield road, Denby Dale, Huddersfield HD8 8QD. Tel. 01484 861148
Tim Melling takes responsibility for Greater Manchester issues, normally sites with SSSI status only.
There is a very useful link to report any wildlife crime to the RSPB, although any urgent matters should of course be directed to the police or RSPCA in the case of animal welfare. The link is included below: