Wildlife Explorers brought their season of outdoor meetings to a close with an ‘Evolution Expedition’ at Chester zoo. Joined by the intrepid sea captain , Robert Fitzroy of the HMS Beagle and renowned naturalist Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species, a 40-strong group of explorers were excited to find out more about the incredible birds, animals and plants that are kept at the zoo as part of important conservation and breeding programmes. The expedition included Leader Kat who was celebrating her 21st Birthday and Explorer Matthew who was enjoying the trip on his 5th Birthday. After singing … Click here for more information…..
The latest meeting of Wildlife Explorers focussed on minibeasts with lots of legs, from six-legged insects and eight legged arachnids (including spiders) through to the many-legged centipedes and millipedes. The meeting started with Explorers learning about the 30 Days Wild initiative from The Wildlife Trusts. Wildlife Explorers are supporting this project throughout June and are encouraging members and their families to take part in ‘random acts of wildness’ every day in June and report back about it. (Photos and a description of who, what, where and when [email protected] please). The craft for the day was making a incredible psychedelic spider … Click here for more information…..
Leaders and families from Wildlife Explorers set their alarms for very, very early in the morning as is now traditional at this time of year for the annual Dawn Chorus walk. Birds sing in the still early morning air to claim breeding territory and attract females in a wonderful cacophony of different songs – the morning of our walk was no exception. We started early enough for the first bird to be heard to be a tawny owl, probably on his way home to bed! Blackbirds, wrens and dunnocks sang against the background of wood pigeons and distant pheasants. We … Click here for more information…..
Leaders Dave, Jen, Tina and Will visited The Tytherington Club Holiday Club to talk about Homes for Wildlife and help children make bird boxes for use in the club grounds. The session began with everyone looking at a whole range of different manmade wildlife homes and working out which wild creatures they were designed for. The answers were deduced using the size of the animal and position of the home, from a hedgehog house to a barn owl box and from a butterfly shelter to bat box the solutions arrived at were all correct. Everyone then designed their own home … Click here for more information…..
One of our favourite School Birdwatches takes place each year at Victoria Park. Our morning birdwatching with students from the King’s School Junior Division was bright and sunny (if a bit on the cool side) and everyone was treated to a great selection of bird species. Three groups of children from Year 3 and Year 4 walked over to the park and used the bandstand as a perfect base for watching the birds. There was a huge enthusiasm as students got to grips with using binoculars to watch the blue tits and great tits high in the trees and count … Click here for more information…..
Despite a soggy start to the day lots of Wildlife Explorer families gathered at Poynton Coppice for a ‘Signs of Wildlife’ Treasure Hunt. As well as brilliantly rhymed wildlife-themed clues (honestly!) – families had to complete a series of challenges on the way round the treasure trail including listing the birds we heard singing, determining the tree species on site from looking at their buds and identifying lichen. Family members of all ages took on searching out the clues and completing the challenges with great gusto. Admittedly there was one tiny glitch with the clues – Tina and Susan had … Click here for more information…..
Leaders visited Ivy Bank Primary School in Macclesfield for a rearranged Big School Birdwatch. The first date was cancelled due to snow and ice – luckily the weather was dry and mild for the new session. It was decided that we would run two sessions each with two full classes (sixty children in total). We started in the classroom with an introduction to the Top 10 garden birds, some background on the survey and its methodology plus some safety tips for using binoculars. Everyone was really surprised that such large groups of children were able to birdwatch outside so successfully. … Click here for more information…..
Leaders Mark, Abercrombie, Susan and Tina visited Terra Nova for a cold but very sunny morning completing the Big School Birdwatch. After learning a little bit about about garden birds – how to identify some of them and what they sound like – children wrapped up warm with hats and scarves to head out on a birdwatching walk around the school grounds. The school regularly feeds the birds (although they have recently been competing with local squirrels for the best treats!) and a soon as the groups were outside we could hear birds singing. The best views during the morning … Click here for more information…..
Wildlife Explorers were lucky with the weather for their 2019 Big Garden Birdwatch (last year there was torrential rain!). Keen families of birdwatchers gathered near the café in West Park armed with binoculars and bird ID sheets. After a quick recap of the Top 10 garden birds for Cheshire in 2018 and some safety tips for using binoculars we set off to look and listen for the birds in the park. With so many eager birdwatchers it wasn’t surprising that we spotted a good range of species, however, we did manage to see some really special birds. We got excellent … Click here for more information…..
Our morning at Puss Bank saw volunteers and enthusiastic pupils coping with a wide range of weather conditions. As well as snow showers, sleet and cold temperatures there were also moments of bright sunshine and some mist! The morning started with an assembly (indoors!) where we learned about some of the birds that we might see. Volunteer Leaders were really impressed by the bird identification skills on show as robin, blackbird, blue tit, house sparrow and starling were all identified with ease. After a quick talk on using binoculars safely it was time to venture outside in the wintry conditions. … Click here for more information…..