June ’15 : Prestbury Rainbows

Leaders joined Prestbury Rainbows for a busy session about ‘Giving Nature a Home’.   The girls learned how changes we make in our own gardens can benefit wildlife. We talked about how providing flowering plants, trees and shrubs, a pond and log piles can all be good for wildlife. We also demonstrated how longer grass on your lawn provides more places for insects to hide and shelter.   Rainbows all made a brightly coloured butterfly to take home to remind them to think about Giving nature a Home in their own gardens. The group also met our Woolly Hen Harrier … Click here for more information…..

June ’15 : St Pauls Rainbows

Leaders joined St Pauls Rainbows for an action-packed ‘Giving Nature a Home’ Session.   Leaders introduced the work of The RSPB with help from volunteers from the audience. As well as looking at varying roles of RSPB staff (such as conservation scientists, nature reserve workers and teams wrking to combat wildlife crime) the group also learned that we are part of a bigger global organisation: BirdLife International. The group then looked at a slection of man-made wildlife homes, matching a selection of British wild animals to their ideal residence.   Everyone made a Bug Bungalow to take home – an … Click here for more information…..

June ’15 : St Albans Rainbows

Leaders joined St Albans Rainbows for a ‘Giving Nature a Home’ Session.   Children learned about the work of The RSPB, from the vital practical work we do on nature reserves across the country conservation science and wildlife crime prevention.   The group looked at different man-made wildlife homes and matched a selection of creatures to their ideal residence.   Everyone made a Bug Bungalow to take home – an individual invertebrate habitat that will provide a safe haven for    The session finished with a quick environmental game – illustrating the positive and negative impact that people have on … Click here for more information…..

Monday 15th June 2015: End of Year Party

We had lots of fun celebrating the end of the 2014-15 season.   We watched a review of all the meetings of the year and everyone had fun spotting photos of themselves having fun at indoor and outdoor meeting throughout the year. Things kicked off with a bird quiz – featuring birds from all round the world including albatrosses, rockhopper penguins and hummingbirds. Migrating swallows musical chairs was the first game of the evening – to a fabulous soundtrack of 80s tunes. A fantastic party spread was brought in by Explorers -with some amazing cakes (in incredible colours!) and jelly … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 13th June 2015: Bollin Valley Balsam Bash, Brilliant Bug Hunt and Sculpture Picnic

After a hot sunny week the weather changed completely for our Balsam Bash at Riverside Park. Grey, overcast and with rain starting it was fantastic to see so many people turning out to help with our conservation task. Himalayan Balsam is a huge problem along our waterways and it is controlled by pulling out the stems before they have chance to set seed. The group set to work collecting arm fulls of balsam stems, carefully avoiding nettles, brambles and wildflowers.       Leader David directed the creation of a huge spider sitting in a spider web using the balsam … Click here for more information…..

April ’15: King’s School

Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers visit Kings’ School Macclesfield for Outdoor Learning Week Leaders from Wildlife Explorers visited Year 1 students at Kings’ Junior Division in Macclesfield to talk about ‘Giving Nature A Home’. Leaders explained the varied work of The RSPB. Children then matched different wildlife species to the man-made homes designed specifically for them.     Everyone enjoyed working out how the homes for wildlife matched the needs of different creatures, from Barn Owls to Havest Mice. Leaders introduced the woolly Hen Harrier family to the class and also talked about the huge conservation challenges facing these magnificent birds of … Click here for more information…..