More than 160 species of bird have been recorded in Rochdale. Some such as the Dotterel pass through on their way north, whilst others are resident year round.
The South Pennine Moors support nationally important upland breeding bird populations including Curlew, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Red Grouse and Twite.
Wildfowl and waders can be found in areas such as Hollingworth Lake, Watergrove and Ashworth reservoirs, whilst the wooded areas offer homes to species such as Treecreepers, Nuthatch and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
The area is also known for Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Raven.