Wednesday 22nd January 2020: Kettleshulme St James

We have always had interesting weather for our Birdwatches at Kettleshulme St. James Primary School. In the past we have experienced bright sunshine, deep snow, ice and high winds – this year thick fog descended! Each class started the birdwatch with a short introduction in the classroom. We talked about the important conservation reasons for completing the birdwatch (monitoring the health of wild bird populations) and helped each other with some basic garden bird identification. After a quick recap on binocular safety classes went outside to begin the birdwatch proper. The weather probably had an impact on the number of … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 21st January 2020: Mottram St Andrew Primary Academy

A team of Leaders from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers visited Mottram St. Andrew Primary Academy for a lovely morning completing the Big School Birdwatch. The session started with a whole school assembly. Leaders were really impressed with the bird knowledge displayed by the children of all ages. Children from Nursery and Reception took part in the Birdwatch proper and were full of enthusiasm. After a little guidance on looking through the correct end of the binoculars the children were able to look for birds in the school grounds. Luckily a group of mallard ducks were feeding in the field  – … Click here for more information…..

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 … Click here for more information…..

Monday 20th January 2020: Rainow Pre-School

Leaders Tina and Abercrombie visited Rainow PreSchool to help run their Big School Birdwatch. The session began with the children learning about some common garden birds – their colours and the calls they make. After a quick binocular safety talk we put on hats and coats and everyone was ready for a birdwatching walk. Even the tiniest birdwatchers used binoculars to spot different birds. At the start of our walk we saw an incredible flock of 33 starlings flying from the rooftops to the trees. We listened to robins, sparrows, jackdaws and crows. Everyone was impressed when Noah spotted a … Click here for more information…..

Sunday 1st December 2019: Tree Dressing and Silly Hat Competition – Teggs Nose

Wildlife Explorers headed to Tegg’s Nose Country Park for the very last session of 2019. One of the most popular fixtures in our calendar, Tree Dressing (and our Silly Hat Competition) celebrates the end of National Tree Week and the importance of trees and woodland to birds, people and wildlife. The weather was perfect – mild and sunny – the woodland looked beautiful with the autumn leaves highlighted in the golden sunshine. Wildlife Explorers chose a suitable tree and started to create ephemeral sculptures using clay and natural materials gathered from the woodland. When the creations were complete the whole … Click here for more information…..

Monday 18th November 2019: Sustainability – Getting Greener for Nature

Our last indoor meeting of 2019 was held on a wet and dark evening with quite a few members not able to join us due to autumnal colds and other ailments! The grey night made the leaders even more keen to get everyone intrigued and excited about the night’s topic which was ‘Sustainability – Getting Greener for Nature’. Leader Natalie along with Leader Kat wrangled attendees into an initial Sustainability bean bag game where lots of household items were sorted into different categories (Recycle, Reuse / Repair or Compost) by throwing labelled bean bags into hula hoops!  You’ve got to … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 9th November 2019: Conservation – Danes Moss

Despite a very cold start, Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers assembled a group of enthusiastic family volunteers for a morning of conservation work at Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s reserve Danes Moss. The reserve, near Macclesfield, is Cheshire’s largest and highest lowland raised bog – one of the scarcest and most threatened habitats in Britain and a really important habitat for carbon-capture, which is vital in the fight against climate change. Recent work by contractors has cleared areas of the site of tree saplings, however, much of the brash has been left in situ. If this material was allowed to rot down it … Click here for more information…..

Monday 21st October 2019: Secrets of Seeds

On arrival Explorers created paper bags that would then be used to carry home other craft items and a bag of sunflower seeds . Imaginations ran riot and there were some fantastic designs – one bag even had a working drawbridge. The group learned why seeds are important in the life cycle of a plant and as a food source for other organisms. A ‘True of False’ quiz introduced some fascinating facts about seeds from across the world and even outer space! (Did you know there were seeds on the international Space Station?) Everyone then decorated a couple of small … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 12th October 2019: Nature Needs You Welly Walk – West Park

Wildlife Explorers were delighted to join forces with Macclesfield Town Council for their annual joint event – Welly Walk/Nature Needs you. The focus of the event is to encourage families of all ages to take action to help local wildlife and get outside to have fun learning about the natural world. Wildlife Explorers arranged a whole host of nature-themed activities. Visitors could make lavender bags, plant native trees and meadow wildflowers, plus a whole host of bird food and bird feeders, from apple core toadstools and pine cone feeders loaded with fat and seeds to wiggly pastry worms for the … Click here for more information…..

Sunday 22nd September 2019: Jodrell Bank Work Party

After heavy overnight thunderstorms and torrential rain Wildlife Explorers travelled through flooded roads to get to the Jodrell Bank Arboretum for the first work party of the season. Becky and Phil from the Gardens Team had organised some conservation work at the wildlife pond in the Arboretum. The area was quite overgrown and needed clearing in order for the access and views from the bird hide to be maintained as well as allowing other volunteer groups to work around the pond margins. As the pond area is further restored over the coming months the habitat will be greatly improved for … Click here for more information…..