Wildlife at The Manchester Golf Club

Presented by wildlife photographer Gordon Yates

Capturing a picture of wildlife can be extraordinarily challenging – hours can be spent just waiting to get that one very special picture and those who are lucky enough to do so are usually first to arrive on the golf course or last to leave, armed with a camera instead of the usual golf equipment! Wildlife photographer Gordon Yates has contributed a number of images to the golf club archives.

Working to save the Bumblebee

Why is the Bumblebee so important?

It is reported that Albert Einstein once said ‘If the Bee disappeared off the surface the the globe, then man would only have 4 years life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.’ There has been a 15% decline in numbers over the last two years and a 70% decline in Bumblebees over the last 30 years.

What are we doing?

Bumblebee hives and lodges are positioned on the course and each lodge and hive contains a colony of native UK species Bumblebees. Each colony contains one queen bee and many worker bees, working throughout the year from March through to September. By having hives on site we are helping to increase the number of bumblebees in the future.

What to do if you see a hive

Please keep away from the hives. Bumblebees do not swarn and are not aggressive, however, they can sting. As always, if stung by a bee or wasp, you may have a more severe reaction than others. If you develop a dry cough, start sneezing or have trouble breathing you should seek medical help immediately – if you are on the golf course please call Golf Reception for assistance.

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A robin basking in the early morning sunlight


A black-headed gull waddles its way across the fairways


A brace of pheasants collide!


Two oystercatchers basking in the early morning light


The stunning bluebell wood at the side of the 13th green


Ferns and bluebells side by side in the undergrowth


Beautiful outlook over the 13th green


Fieldfare photographed on the course during winter


Jay photographed on the course in autumn


The Goldfinch a regular visitor to the course


Deer during the winter of 2010


A pheasant captured on the putting green in March 2011


Foxes can be seen on the course throughout the year


Bluebells in the woods at the side of the 13th Hole

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