MANCHESTER BIRDING

WHO'S WHO IN GREATER MANCHESTER

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If you should find information in this section incorrect or out of date, please inform me here straight away so I may keep the contacts as current as possible, thanks.

 

 

 

 

COUNTY BIRD RECORDER

Ian McKerchar, 42 Green Avenue, Astley, M29 7EH. Tel. 01942 701758 Mobile: 07958 687481. Email: ianmckerchar1@gmail.com

 

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: steveatkins@tiscali.co.uk

 

BTO REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, MANCHESTER REGION

Stephen Suttill, 94 Manchester Road, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne Ol5 9AY. Tel. 01457 836360. Email: suttill.parkinson@virgin.net

 

BTO BREEDING BIRD SURVEY ORGANISER

Antony Wainwright, 25 West Grove, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Bolton BL5 2HU. Tel. 07894 243432. Email. awainwright40@gmail.com

 

WETLANDS  BIRD SURVEY ORGANISER

Jamie Dunning, Flat 2, Palatine Road, Withington M20 3JL. Email. jamiedunning8@gmail.com

 

PERMITS FOR AUDENSHAW AND HEATON PARK RESERVOIRS

           Obtainable from Edward Lawrance (Wildlife Warden), United Utilities, Longdendale Office, Tintwistle, Nr Glossop SK13 1HS. Email: Edward.lawrance@uuplc.co.uk . 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.

 

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE-WILDLIFE LIAISON OFFICER (WLO)

             NATIONAL WILDLIFE CRIME UNIT: Andy McWilliam. Tel. 07884 116585. Email: ukwildlifecrime@nwcu.pnn.police.uk (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.

         
WHEN REPORTING ANY WILDLIFE CRIME TO THE POLICE, IT IS VITAL TO OBTAIN AN INCIDENT NUMBER (FWIN), IN CASE OF QUERY AND TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO GET A FULL TIME OFFICER. AS AT 06/05 THE HOME OFFICE ARE ALSO COLLECTING STATISTICS ABOUT WILDLIFE CRIME AND THEY CAN ONLY DO THIS VIA INCIDENT NUMBERS.

 

GREATER MANCHESTER ECOLOGY UNIT

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: gmeu@tameside.gov.uk

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: mandy.elford@tameside.gov.uk

 

WILDLIFE TRUST FOR LANCASHIRE, MANCHESTER AND NORTH MERSEYSIDE
 

Greater Manchester office: The Grange Community Centre, Highfield Grange, Wigan, WN3 6SU. Tel. 01204 663754. Contact Martyn Walker on email: mwalker@lancswt.org.uk

 

RSPB NORTH WEST OFFICE

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:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/wildbirdslaw/report.asp

 

 

 

 

 

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