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…..

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…..

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…..

Monday 16th September 2019: All Creatures Great and Small – A Virtual Bioblitz.

Virtual Bioblitz meeting

After the summer break Wildlife Explorers gathered at The Salvation Army Hall on Roe Street for the first meeting of the new season. Starting off with a seasonal collage of fallen leaves decorated with an incredible range of creepy crawlies members soon got back into the swing of the indoor meetings. The theme for the session was measuring biodiversity in six virtual habitats. Leaders had prepared the following stations: – A wildflower meadow teeming with butterflies. – A bird ringing station with a selection of garden and woodland birds – A group of rockpools – only accessible using marine viewers … Click here for more information…..

Monday 17th June 2019:End of Year Party

Wildlife Explorers celebrated the end of another year of wildlife-packed meetings with a special end of year party. The party began with a special viewing of The RSPB’s latest birdsong single video which features some amazing hand shadow puppets. Then it was Explorers chance to turn their hands (literally) to a bit of shadow puppetry. There were some very talented attempts at some very complex shadow images. We played some of our favourite party games, Hot Waterbear, Grey and Red Squirrels, along with caterpillar races and Habitat relays. It was then time for lots of party food and some wonderfully … Click here for more information…..