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…..

Thursday 30th January 2020: Horton St Michaels, Rudyard

Our Big School Birdwatch volunteers headed to Horton St. Michael for a rather misty Big School’s Birdwatch. After a full school assembly where we learned about garden birds and how we count them for our special bird survey volunteers took different classes out into the school grounds to look for birds. Despite the gloomy weather the resident robins were in full song and the blue tits were calling noisily. We even managed to locate a rather handsome jay in the trees after listening to his cackiling call. Great use of binoculars meant the children could also get to count carrion … 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…..

Friday 24th January 2020: King’s School at Victoria Park and Lunchtime Drop-In Session

Students in Year 3 and Year 4 at King’s School completed their Big School Birdwatch at Victoria Park in Macclesfield. Different classes walked over to the park and used the bandstand as a viewpoint from which to record the wild birds in the park. After finding out about the purpose of the birdwatch and the methodology for counting the birds the students learned how to identify some of the most common garden birds and how to use binoculars safely.  From the very start of the session there were lots of birds flying from tree to tree and plenty of birdsong. … Click here for more information…..

Thursday 23rd January 2020: Puss Bank Primary School

Leaders visited Puss Bank Primary School for a school assembly and a Birdwatch with all of the different infant classes. In assembly children identified the Top 10 garden birds and learned about the special method of counting (where numbers above one are only counted when birds are seen at the same time  – to avoid recounting individuals that fly off and come back multiple times). As soon as we went outside to start the birdwatch a cormorant flew low over the playground – a real surprise for all of us! We spotted lots of jackdaws and wood pigeons and there … Click here for more information…..

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…..