The main aim of the “Perfect Ten” project is to inspire the people of Greater Manchester to fall in love with the birds and environment on our doorsteps.

“The Perfect Ten” bird species can connect people to nature, instil civic pride, encourage investment in the environment, potentially be central to marketing Greater Manchester as an Ecotourism destination and inspire a local arts and culture renaissance.

At the launch event for the Greater Manchester Natural Capital Plan, January 2019 at the Museum of Science of Industry in Manchester, the question was asked “How can we make the environment sexy?”

“The Perfect Ten” is the Greater Manchester Birding City Region (GMBCR) Project’s answer. The concept is a bird to represent each of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Botswana has the Lilac-breasted Roller, New Zealand has the Kiwi, Queensland in Australia has the Brolga and Maine has the Black-capped Chickadee, a similar bird to our very own Willow Tit, as its’ state bird.

However, Greater Manchester doesn’t currently have any birds to represent it, despite having amazingly spectacular and varied birdlife for a city region.

So Shaun and James - who launched the GMBCR Project at Manchester Central in March 2018 as a pledge to the inaugural Mayor’s Green Summit - cycled for thousands of miles around Greater Manchester looking at the birds, the ecology, the landscape, the culture and the heritage of each borough, and researched Bird Reports, forums and social media to select the initial suggestions for “The Perfect Ten”.

Now, the GMBCR Project, in association with LWT – the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and MFON – the Manchester Festival of Nature, are starting a public consultation to give the people of Greater Manchester a say on “The Perfect Ten”.

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* 1. How many of the following bird species have you seen in Greater Manchester?

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* 2. For the borough of MANCHESTER, the GMBCR Project selected the ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET. Do you agree?

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* 3. For the borough of SALFORD, the GMBCR Project selected the MUTE SWAN. Do you agree?

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* 4. For the borough of WIGAN, the GMBCR Project selected the WILLOW TIT. Do you agree?

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* 5. For the borough of BOLTON, the GMBCR Project selected the KINGFISHER. Do you agree?

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* 6. For the borough of TAMESIDE, the GMBCR Project selected the RED GROUSE. Do you agree?

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* 7. For the borough of OLDHAM, the GMBCR Project selected the TAWNY OWL. Do you agree?

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* 8. For the borough of BURY, the GMBCR Project selected the LITTLE EGRET. Do you agree?

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* 9. For the borough of ROCHDALE, the GMBCR Project selected the PEREGRINE. Do you agree?

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* 10. For the borough of STOCKPORT, the GMBCR Project selected the MANDARIN DUCK. Do you agree?

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* 11. For the borough of TRAFFORD, the GMBCR Project selected the LAPWING. Do you agree?

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* 12. Do you think “The Perfect Ten” is a good idea?

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* 13. Any other comments on “The Perfect Ten”

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* 14. Please add details so we can assess where the votes came from - this is not mandatory

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