In Manchester we are surrounded by some astonishing wildlife wonders - from the raucous dawn chorus in the morning to bats fluttering around at dusk, as owls begin a soundtrack at night. It is vital that we find ways to protect all of our wild creatures and the plants they rely upon. #MFoN is an opportunity for visitors to the iconic Heaton Park, on Saturday, June 29, to learn about the amazing wildlife in Manchester and the conservation work we are doing to protect it.
Whether they are already keen naturalists, or wildlife beginners, everyone is welcome. The more support we get through your donations, the bigger #MFoN will be. Every penny you give will help us to create a festival shouting out what a wild and wonderful place Manchester truly is.
The biggest names in conservation
The biggest groups in nature conservation have already pledged to be there - The Wildlife Trusts, The RSPB, The National Trust, City of Trees, TCV, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Canal and River Trust, Manchester Museum and Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Zoo, Action for Conservation, Sustrans along with Manchester City Council and its Heaton Park team. Community and volunteering groups are expected to attend, offering an insight into the amazing work they do.
#MFoN will be a wholly interactive event, with lots of activities for visitors of all ages. It aims to engage people in the astonishing nature that surrounds them in one of Manchester’s most beautiful green spaces. So far activities include: Wild family sessions, eco-therapy, bug hunting, forest school sessions, wildlife walks, bird and plant identification.
Drama at #MFoN
One of the exciting activities will be The Lost Words – An interactive roving theatrical production based on the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, which flows around the park all week before the Festival Day. And we will be attempting to create a world record for the most people dressing as a bee in one place, to interest people in understanding how many of our iconic insects are facing extinction.
We need your support to make this happen
This will, hopefully, be the first of many festivals but we need to ensure it is a great experience for visitors in a safe environment.
Will you help us inspire not only this generation but future generations? We need your support to raise enough to make #MFoN a fantastic day out for everyone that attends. We want this to plant a seed in people’s minds to encourage them to create nature reserves in their gardens and communities, to become campaigners for wildlife. Your help means #MFoN will have an experienced events team, bright and appealing stalls surrounded by a buzz of activities around the whole festival site. It means we can create a bright, safe and accessible environment so that all of our visitors can discover how they can get involved in nature.
For more details go to #MFoN.