Photo competition to highlight region’s beautiful birds and terrific trees

6 April 2017

City of Trees and the RSPB in Manchester have teamed up to launch a new photography competition celebrating the link between birds and trees.

The residents of Greater Manchester are being encouraged to get out in the great outdoors and capture some Spring snaps of both resident and visiting birds, within a tree and woodland setting.

Open to budding amateurs and pro snappers, the competition aims to highlight the wealth of woodlands and wildlife across the Greater Manchester region

Entries can include both urban and rural settings, and it is hoped the images will highlight the importance of the woodland and trees for the City region’s bird population.

Beth Kelsall, City of Trees comments; Woods provide shelter, food and nesting sites for some of the UK’s most beautiful and interesting birds.”

She adds; “Even street and urban trees can provide important habitats, and we hope this photo competition will show the importance of our trees and woods for our beautiful birds across Greater Manchester”.

Jenny Hackland from the RSPB in Manchester said: “Often people don’t realise just how much special wildlife there is living around them, especially in urban areas. This competition is an ideal opportunity to take a closer look at the trees in your area, whether they are street trees or those in your local parks and woodlands, to discover more about the birds that call them home.”

Winning entries will receive a bird box, bird book plus City of Trees goodies.

The competition forms part of City of Trees’ Heritage Trees project which aims to celebrate, record and protect our local tree heritage - the trees, woodlands, hedgerows and orchards which are part of the fabric of our towns and cities.

Earlier this year, a unique interactive online database was launched, showcasing people's stories, memories and photographs of their local tree heritage - as well as maps showing where to find trees of interest at www.heritagetrees.org.uk.

Photos must be submitted on social media tagging @cityoftreesmcr @RSPBManchester by Monday 30 April.