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Welcome to Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers

Our 2019 / 2020 season has started!

Next indoor meeting – Monday 18th November 2019: Sustainability – Getting Greener for Nature 

Next outdoor meeting – Sunday 1st December 2019: Tree Dressing and Silly Hat Competition – Teggs Nose 

You can join our group by emailing us or by coming along to one of our indoor meetings.

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Click here to read reports for the Big Schools Birdwatch 2019!

 

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.

 

Saturday 9th November 2019: Conservation – Danes Moss

Despite a very cold start, Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers assembled a group of enthusiastic family volunteers for a morning of conservation work at Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s reserve Danes Moss. The reserve, near Macclesfield, is Cheshire’s largest and highest lowland raised bog – one of the scarcest and most threatened habitats in Britain and a really important habitat for carbon-capture, which is vital in the fight against climate change. Recent work by contractors has cleared areas of the site of tree saplings, however, much of the brash has been left in situ. If this material was allowed to rot down it … Click here for more information…..

Monday 21st October 2019: Secrets of Seeds

On arrival Explorers created paper bags that would then be used to carry home other craft items and a bag of sunflower seeds . Imaginations ran riot and there were some fantastic designs – one bag even had a working drawbridge. The group learned why seeds are important in the life cycle of a plant and as a food source for other organisms. A ‘True of False’ quiz introduced some fascinating facts about seeds from across the world and even outer space! (Did you know there were seeds on the international Space Station?) Everyone then decorated a couple of small … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 12th October 2019: Nature Needs You Welly Walk – West Park

Wildlife Explorers were delighted to join forces with Macclesfield Town Council for their annual joint event – Welly Walk/Nature Needs you. The focus of the event is to encourage families of all ages to take action to help local wildlife and get outside to have fun learning about the natural world. Wildlife Explorers arranged a whole host of nature-themed activities. Visitors could make lavender bags, plant native trees and meadow wildflowers, plus a whole host of bird food and bird feeders, from apple core toadstools and pine cone feeders loaded with fat and seeds to wiggly pastry worms for the … Click here for more information…..

Sunday 22nd September 2019: Jodrell Bank Work Party

After heavy overnight thunderstorms and torrential rain Wildlife Explorers travelled through flooded roads to get to the Jodrell Bank Arboretum for the first work party of the season. Becky and Phil from the Gardens Team had organised some conservation work at the wildlife pond in the Arboretum. The area was quite overgrown and needed clearing in order for the access and views from the bird hide to be maintained as well as allowing other volunteer groups to work around the pond margins. As the pond area is further restored over the coming months the habitat will be greatly improved for … Click here for more information…..

Monday 16th September 2019: All Creatures Great and Small – A Virtual Bioblitz.

Virtual Bioblitz meeting

After the summer break Wildlife Explorers gathered at The Salvation Army Hall on Roe Street for the first meeting of the new season. Starting off with a seasonal collage of fallen leaves decorated with an incredible range of creepy crawlies members soon got back into the swing of the indoor meetings. The theme for the session was measuring biodiversity in six virtual habitats. Leaders had prepared the following stations: – A wildflower meadow teeming with butterflies. – A bird ringing station with a selection of garden and woodland birds – A group of rockpools – only accessible using marine viewers … Click here for more information…..