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…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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 Tina, Susan and Frankie headed to Alderley Edge to talk to Pre-School and Year one about garden birds. It was a fantastic sunny day and the sessions ran outside on the school field. Leaders showed pictures of common garden birds. (Whilst wild birds were flying across the field and between the trees). We were very impressed by the knowledge and identification skills of the children. Favourite birds included blackbird and blue tit. We then listened to some bird songs. We were even interrupted by real birds – song thrushes and wood pigeons were singing and jackdaws called as they … Click here for more information…..
Leaders and families from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers travelled to Rutland Water for a weekend of birdwatching and natural history. The Rutland Water Nature Reserves are run by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water. The whole of the first day was based at the Anglian Birdwatching Centre at Egleton. A nature walk in the morning gave the group chance to see lots of different birds – migrant Chiffchaffs and willow warblers sang and blackcaps chattered in the trees. There were huge numbers of house martins and sand martins feeding low over the water of … Click here for more information…..