Sunday 5th December 2021: Outdoor meeting: Tegg’s Nose Tree Dressing and Silly Hat Competition

Celebrate the importance of trees for people wildlife and our countryside. Followed by festive refreshments. Don’t forget your silly hat! Venue: Teggsnose Reservoir Car Park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer for the duration of the meeting Ideal for families and accompanied children. Our outdoor events are suitable for all ages. No charge – suggested donation £1 per child. Car Park charges apply at some Outdoor Venues. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and footwear, with appropriate sun protection in the summer. In bad weather, before you set out, … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 17th November 2021: Outdoor Meeting – Conservation – Danes Moss

Danes Moss Conservation - Outdoor Meeting

Get hands-on with sphagnum moss at this conservation work party. We’ll join experts at the Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve to help restore parts of this rare habitat so that important plants, dragonflies, birds and reptiles thrive. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer for the duration of the meeting Ideal for families and accompanied children. Our outdoor events are suitable for all ages. No charge – suggested donation £1 per child. Car Park charges apply at some Outdoor Venues. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and footwear, with appropriate sun protection in the summer. In bad weather, … Click here for more information…..

Sunday 26th September 2021: Macclesfield Wild Network Project

Join Leaders for a practical session of conservation work to help improve important wildlife habitats in the grounds of Macclesfield Leisure Centre, part of a Macclesfield Wild Network Project. As well as expanding the existing meadow area we’ll be preparing the ground and launching seedballs to create a brand new wildflower area. Please wear old clothes, sturdy footwear and bring gardening gloves if you have them! September Outdoor Meeting – Conservation Work Sunday 26th September 10.30am -12.30pm. Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4AF In support of Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Weekend. Please contact Group Leader Tina Hanak … Click here for more information…..

Friday 31st January 2020: Bosley Bobkins Pre-School

Volunteers were made very welcome by Bosley Bobkins – . We learned about the calls and names of some common birds like blue tit, blackbird, robin and mallard duck and some more unusual ones like a woodpecker and a cuckoo. Bobkins were very excited to do some bird spotting as part of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch. We all used binoculars to go out on to the veranda and look for birds to count. It was very rainy but we still managed to see some starlings and house sparrows. … Click here for more information…..

Friday 31st January 2020: Bosley St Mary’s

Class 2 were the first class to complete their part of the Bosley Big School Birdwatch. After some great bird identification practice (using the Top 6 birds from the 2019 survey) it was time to wrap up warm and head outside. Starting with a quick guide to using binoculars safely the class were soon in their element spotting and counting lots of house sparrows and starlings. The group even spotted a couple of magpies collecting sticks for nesting. The weather got a little more rainy for Class 1 but this didn’t dampen their enthusiasm and there were still plenty of … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 29th January 2020: Jodrell Bank Volunteers

Leaders were pleased to join the Jodrell Bank Arboretum volunteers to run a special Big Garden Birdwatch with them. Things started really well with a whole host of hungry birds visiting the feeders by the potting shed – long-tailed tits, blue tits, coal tits and nuthatch. The team then went on a short walk around the Arboretum in search of additional species.Great views over the field were had of red legged partridge, carrion crow, mallard and a large flock of redwing. Incredibly we got one of the best spots in the last 30 seconds of our session (all Big Garden … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 29th January 2020:Terra Nova

Volunteers spent a bright, sunny morning with the Nursery and Reception classes at Terra Nova. The children regularly feed the birds and as well as window feeders an impressive collection of different seed and peanut feeders were hung in the trees along with fat balls and fat-filled half coconut shells. After learning a little bit about the different kinds of garden birds and how to use binoculars safely we were ready to begin our birdwatch. Children were very careful not to look towards the sun with their binoculars. Almost immediately a nuthatch appeared, boldy hopping on the floor amongst the … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 28th January 2020: Ivy Bank

Our Birdwatch morning at Ivy Bank was a morning of contrasts – the weather went from cold and damp to snowy and then bright sunshine in a matter of minutes! Luckily the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of keen birdwatchers in Year 1 and Year 3. After a brief introduction to the Top 10 garden birds from last year’s Birdwatch (with some fabulous name guesses  – including my favourite for a goldfinch …… a loyal finch) and some tips on binocular safety , four different classes took it in turns to head outside. Getting to grips with using the binoculars … Click here for more information…..

Monday 27th January 2020: Rainow Primary

Volunteeers from  Macclesfield RSPB visited Year 3 at Rainow Primary School for their 14th year of Big School Birdwatches. The class spilt into two groups  – one group stayed inside to watch birds on the feeders near the conservatory whilst the other group, armed with binoculars, headed out to walk round the playground and into the wood. In the Conservatory, as well as monitoring the wild birds visiting the feeders, children played some games to help them gain confidence with bird identification. Several blue tits and great tits visited the feeders. Outside there was lots of birdsong  – we could … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 25th January 2020: Big Garden Birdwatch – West Park, Macclesfield

Nearly 50 keen family birdwatchers gathered in West Park, Macclesfield to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Part of the largest wildlife survey in the world, the Big Garden Birdwatch involves spending just one hour recording the largest number of different species visiting your garden or local greenspace. This year the Birdwatch weekend took place over the 25th and 26th January with many thousands of households and groups expected to take part recording millions of birds nationwide. Our birdwatching walk took us on a circuit of the park where we were able to watch out for birds in … Click here for more information…..