Volunteers from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers recently took part in outreach sessions at schools in Rudyard and Leek on behalf or RSPB Coombes Valley, our closest RSPB reserve. The sessions covered the work of the RSPB and highlighted the importance of wildflower meadows as habitats for a whole host of species.
Children, staff and volunteers had lots of fun getting muddy making seed bombs with wildflower seeds. Each child made their own seed bomb to take away and grow a mini meadow at home.
The team would like to thank both the Sycamore class at Horton St Michael in Rudyard and Year 2 at Woodcroft First School in Leek for the warm welcome they received.
The Coombes Valley Meadows Outreach Programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund who provided funding for the Buffer Solution Project at the reserve. This project has allowed the RSPB to purchase an area of land known as Bellpit Meadows and to run lots of community events to help local people learn about the importance of meadows.
The Buffer Solution Project aims to provide a buffer between the woodland on the reserve and the surrounding agricultural land, increasing biodiversity by allowing wildflowers and grasses to grow – attracting butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects as well as creating habitat for birds such as redstart. It is part of a wider effort to connect the local community with the landscape.