Monday 15th January 2018: Garden Birds – Our Familiar Feathered Friends

Lots of fun at the first indoor meeting for 2018 focussing on Garden birds in preparation for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of the month.

The starting activity was matching close ups of birds to the correct bird, looking for colours and shapes.

The group constructed a ‘wildlife explorer’ (with key items of equipment: binoculars, magnifying glass, pond net, ID book and of course a Wildlife Explorers T-shirt!) and demonstrated typical wildlife explorer activities with the help of a few props.

Thanks to Emilia who demonstrated the bee collecting pollen game brilliantly!

As well as identifying the Top 10 Cheshire Garden birds (from last year’s Big Garden Birdwatch results) members also had to put them in order – there were a few surprises in list for even the most experienced birdwatchers.

This month’s craft used recycled Christmas cards to create fabulous calendars. Thanks to everyone who donated cards – any remaining cards will be retained for other craft projects or recycled.

The meeting rounded off with fun and games – Wildlife Explorers tried out old favourite, the Feather Game and Phoenix played Bird Taboo, where they had to describe common British birds without using their names of key descriptive terms. Much harder than you think!

Why not join Wildlife Explorers at West Park on Saturday January 27th 10am -12noon for our group Big Garden Birdwatch. Expert birdwatchers will be on hand with lots of ID tips!
Remember to join in with The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 27 – 29 January 2018 at home – simply take an hour to count the birds in your garden or local park.
Around 500,000 people took part in the last birdwatch. That’s a LOT of birds counted!

Now it’s your chance to join in, and count the wildlife that’s counting on you. Request your FREE pack now and get your 20% discount and free P&P at the RSPB online shop.

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