Monday 20th January 2020: Garden Birds Count!

The first indoor meeting of 2020 for Wildlife Explorers was all about garden birds and preparing for the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. The Meeting emphasised the importance of taking part in the Birdwatch, the world’s largest wildlife survey in order that important information can be gathered on the status of our wild bird populations.  We went over basic garden bird ID, how to complete the birdwatch at home and hints and tips for garden bird care.

Leader Helen devised a great craft activity to use up old Christmas cards. Explorers created a couple of amazing wildlife collages  – of a butterfly and a kingfisher. The results were stunning.

All the children got hands on with binoculars  – learning how to use them safely  – with an activity where they had to identify the birds attached to the ‘ineffective scarecrows’.

Phoenix members finished off the evening with a game of ‘Frogger’ – a fun wildlife-themed game

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