RSPB Wildlife Explorers is the junior section of the
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Wildlife Explorers is a wildlife club for children and teenagers.

RSPB Wildlife Explorers includes:

RSPB Wildlife Explorers
for children from 4 to 19

RSPB Phoenix
for teenagers.

The objectives of the Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers group are to help educate children about birds, wildlife in general, the countryside, and the issues that affect the habitats that wildlife need to survive.We do this through an active programme of indoor and outdoor meetings, and hold approximately seven indoor and eight outdoor meetings each year (September-July).

Click here to see our current Programme of Events.

All meetings are:

  • open to all RSPB Wildlife Explorers members
  • open to the general public (small charge for Indoor Meetings)
  • led by trained volunteer Leaders
  • attended by a qualified First Aider
  • risk assessed

We make the learning experience ‘fun’ through the use of craft activities, games and quizes,
and take groups of children into the countryside to enjoy looking at, and learning about nature.

We encourage children to help nature and the environment by joining in with supervised activities such as:

  • tree planting
  • replanting a hedgerow at a local farm
  • digging ponds
  • making and siting bird nest boxes and bat boxes
  • making bird feeders and bird tables for garden birds
  • publicising the need for wildlife conservation
  • undertaking surveys of local wildlife


Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers is an un-funded Group run by un-paid volunteers, and we need funds to carry out our programme of activities and keep admission charges to a minimum.

Since 2001 we have been recycling computer ink cartridges, laser toner cartridges and old mobile phones and since that time have raised over £1000.

We are now looking at additional ways of raising funds and we hope you can help.

Click here to see how you can help raise funds for the Group.


All of our Indoor and Outdoor meetings are open to members of the RSPB and the general public.

You are warmly invited to attend our meetings, and we look forward to seeing you.

All children are signed in and out of our meetings, and a parental consent form and contact telephone number must be provided for all children attending our events. Consent details are re-confirmed at the start of each programme.

Disruptive behaviour is not accepted.


Indoor meetings are held at:

Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT

Click here for a map.


RSPB Members: £1.50 per child per meeting. (RSPB Membership Card or Number required.)
Non-members:    £2.50 per child per meeting.

Indoor Meeting Times:

6 to 9 years (Yr 1 to Yr 4) – 6.00 to 7.00 pm
Over 9 years (Yr 4 to Yr 7 & Teenagers) – 7.15 to 8.30 pm

The Indoor meeting activities start promptly at these times – please arrive in good time to ‘sign in’ your Wildlife Explorers.


Outdoor meetings are held at the venues and times shown.

Meetings are free unless shown otherwise.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer for the duration of the meeting.

Please wear plenty of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear, with appropriate sun protection in the summer.

Please leave your dog at home.

If there is bad weather phone Tina Hanak 07870 804413 before you set out in case we have to cancel the event.


All the group’s leaders are volunteers and have been trained by the RSPB.
Many hold First Aid qualifications and there is a qualified First Aider at every meeting.
All Leaders have passed appropriate CRB checks.
Click here for the Leaders’ contact details.


The RSPB takes all practicable steps to safeguard the safety and welfare of children and young people while they are in contact with the Society, observing the recommendations of the Home Office code of practice covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and conforming with all relevant legislation.If you would like to talk to someone about the way the group is run and how you are treated, please call the RSPB on 0800 9178566, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. There is an answer-phone at all other times.
The RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL.
Charity registered in England and Wales no 207076, in Scotland no SC037654.