Thursday 19th June 2014: End of Year Party

Wildlife Explorers celebrated the end of a hectic year with an End of Season Party at Tytherington Family Worship.     As well as lots of fun and games, including Nestbox Musical Chairs and Frog Bowling, Explorers enjoyed a lavish party spread with nature themed cakes and lots of jelly!                                                                          Prizes were awarded for attendance throughout the year and for special fundraising achievements. Leaders presented a slideshow review of the year which included memorable moments from all the season’s meeting including Tree Dressing in Tytherington Woods, tree planting in Sutton and Bollington Carnival Parade. … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 11th June 2014: Taster Day

  Leaders from Wildlife Explorers were delighted to be involved in the Bollin Valley Partnership’s 2014 Countryside Taster Day for children with disabilities.                                 We ran a pond dipping station created from tractor tyres to allow children with mobility problems and wheelchair users easy access to the pond water where they were able to catch and examine a whole range of pond life.     As well as sticklebacks, water boatmen, diving beetle larvae and tadpoles we found an amazing selection of caddis fly larvae … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 10th June 2014: Poynton Beavers

Leaders Tina and Jen visited 3rd Poynton Beavers to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’.   The group learned about the work of The RSPB and the best way they can help wild birds and nature in their own gardens.   Everyone had lots of fun matching animals to their man-made homes (Barn Owl, Dormouse, Hedgehog, Ladybird, Robin, Blue Tit and Bat).   The Beavers then made and decorated bug bungalows to take home to their own gardens – they’ll make perfect minibeast habitats when placed in a sheltered place in a bush or tree.   The session was rounded … Click here for more information…..

May 2014: Barn Owl Ringing

A small group of Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers had the chance to observe Barn Owl chicks being ringed as part of a monitoring programme by Cheshire Barn Owl Group.       It was an incredible experience for members as they learned about the importance of ringing to conservation science.   The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Ringing Scheme aims to understand what is happening to birds in the places they live and how this affects population increases and decreases, this knowledge is vital for conservation. It also gives information on the movements individual birds make and how long many … Click here for more information…..