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Following the latest government advice in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, The RSPB has taken the difficult decision to immediately suspend all RSPB Wildlife Explorer and Phoenix group meetings across the country until at least 1st September.

We know this will be disappointing news for all of our group members but we are sure you will understand the reasons behind this decision. Our primary objective is always to keep our group members, their families and our Leaders safe.

Until we are able to resume our meetings please keep in touch with Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers on Facebook – we’ll try and keep you up-to-date with what’s happening with our local wildlife. Nature won’t stop just because our meetings do. (We will also email any updates about meetings and activities).

Keeping connected with nature is vitally important for all of us and there will be ways that we can continue to do this, whatever the restrictions that may be necessary over the coming weeks and months. If you are looking for some ideas to do at home take a look at The RSPB’s Wild Challenge awards scheme. It is free to take part and contains lots of suggestions for ways to experience nature, as well as practical suggestions for taking action to help wildlife directly.

If you have any questions at all then please do get in touch, and thank you for your continued support.

From the whole of the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers volunteer team – stay safe and healthy.

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Click here to read reports for the Big Schools Birdwatch 2020!


Our old website still exists as the archive of Reports of Meetings held prior to September 2013.
Click here to view our old meeting reports.


Friday 31st January 2020: Bosley Bobkins Pre-School

Volunteers were made very welcome by Bosley Bobkins – . We learned about the calls and names of some common birds like blue tit, blackbird, robin and mallard duck and some more unusual ones like a woodpecker and a cuckoo. Bobkins were very excited to do some bird spotting as part of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch. We all used binoculars to go out on to the veranda and look for birds to count. It was very rainy but we still managed to see some starlings and house sparrows. … Click here for more information…..

Friday 31st January 2020: Bosley St Mary’s

Class 2 were the first class to complete their part of the Bosley Big School Birdwatch. After some great bird identification practice (using the Top 6 birds from the 2019 survey) it was time to wrap up warm and head outside. Starting with a quick guide to using binoculars safely the class were soon in their element spotting and counting lots of house sparrows and starlings. The group even spotted a couple of magpies collecting sticks for nesting. The weather got a little more rainy for Class 1 but this didn’t dampen their enthusiasm and there were still plenty of … Click here for more information…..

Thursday 30th January 2020: Horton St Michaels, Rudyard

Our Big School Birdwatch volunteers headed to Horton St. Michael for a rather misty Big School’s Birdwatch. After a full school assembly where we learned about garden birds and how we count them for our special bird survey volunteers took different classes out into the school grounds to look for birds. Despite the gloomy weather the resident robins were in full song and the blue tits were calling noisily. We even managed to locate a rather handsome jay in the trees after listening to his cackiling call. Great use of binoculars meant the children could also get to count carrion … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 29th January 2020: Jodrell Bank Volunteers

Leaders were pleased to join the Jodrell Bank Arboretum volunteers to run a special Big Garden Birdwatch with them. Things started really well with a whole host of hungry birds visiting the feeders by the potting shed – long-tailed tits, blue tits, coal tits and nuthatch. The team then went on a short walk around the Arboretum in search of additional species.Great views over the field were had of red legged partridge, carrion crow, mallard and a large flock of redwing. Incredibly we got one of the best spots in the last 30 seconds of our session (all Big Garden … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 29th January 2020:Terra Nova

Volunteers spent a bright, sunny morning with the Nursery and Reception classes at Terra Nova. The children regularly feed the birds and as well as window feeders an impressive collection of different seed and peanut feeders were hung in the trees along with fat balls and fat-filled half coconut shells. After learning a little bit about the different kinds of garden birds and how to use binoculars safely we were ready to begin our birdwatch. Children were very careful not to look towards the sun with their binoculars. Almost immediately a nuthatch appeared, boldy hopping on the floor amongst the … Click here for more information…..