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…..
The BTO is launching a project to expand their knowledge of our various Owl species, starting with the Tawny Owl. This project will build connections with local groups to survey their local breeding population to see how the owls are faring. The BTO will also provide volunteer ringers with new skills to monitor owls, such as tagging technologies. The project will be designed so that as many people as possible can take part and will look at the annual breeding success of the owls and advance our knowledge of how Tawny Owls use their foraging areas and what aspects of … Click here for more information…..
A group of volunteers from The Macclesfield Big Bird Box Build attending the Cheshire Wildlife Trust Quinta Reserve Forest School Open Day to make nestboxes with children from a visiting school. The reserve is adjacent to another CWT site, Swettenham Meadows, which will benefit from a selection of Big Bird Box Build nestboxes. It was wonderful making nestboxes so close to the setting where they will be installed when they are completed. Children had lots of fun making the boxes and even had to be dragged away from the workbenches for hot chocolate! The President of Cheshire Wildlife Trust, … Click here for more information…..
Leaders visited Knutsford Brownies to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’. As well as outlining the work of The RSPB, Brownies were set the challenge of matching a selection of wild creatures to the man-made homes designed for them. The girls did really well and were the first group we have visited to correctly identify the dormouse box! Wildlife Explorer Natasha was on hand to help set up and organise the session and keep our owl under control! Everyone made their own bug bungalow to take home. Using recycled materials the girls made individual invertebrate habitats that will provide safe … Click here for more information…..
Leaders visited 3rd Wilmslow Brownies to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’. To start with the group discussed the varied work ofThe RSPB. Children then matched wild animals and birds to a selection of man-made homes by working out which design features best-suited the lifestyle of the creatures. All the girls made a bug bungalow, a minibeast habitat for overwintering invertebrates, to take home. We used natural and recycled materials to fill sturdy cardboard tubes with materials that will provide lots of safe havens for tiny creatures. Materials included moss, straw, pine-cones, twigs and even alpaca wool! … Click here for more information…..
Leaders from Wildlife Explorers were delighted to be involved in the Bollin Valley Partnership’s 2014 Countryside Taster Day for children with disabilities. We ran a pond dipping station created from tractor tyres to allow children with mobility problems and wheelchair users easy access to the pond water where they were able to catch and examine a whole range of pond life. As well as sticklebacks, water boatmen, diving beetle larvae and tadpoles we found an amazing selection of caddis fly larvae … Click here for more information…..
Leaders from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers and Martin James, Ranger at Teggs Nose Nose, will be Leading a family birdwatching session during the Easter holidays. Monday April 14th 2014 10am -12 noon FREE OF CHARGE We’ll be walking round Teggs Nose Country Park looking for resident species and possibly spotting some of the first migrant arrivals. There’ll be a basic introduction to bird ID, using binoculars and telescopes as well as lots of other natural history snippets. It would be lovely if you could join us. Please reserve your places by booking through … Click here for more information…..
A team from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers tackled very muddy conditions to put up nestboxes made at the last outdoor meeting for the Goyt Valley. A total of 20 boxes have now been erected and will count towards Wildlife Explorers’ target of 1,000 new homes for wildlife to be made during this year in support of The RSPB’s ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign. The nestboxes will benefit a range of birds during this year’s breeding season in the Peak Park beauty spot. The group are hoping that as well as blue tits and greats tits, migrants such as … Click here for more information…..
33 intrepid birdwatchers took part in The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch at Jodrell Bank. With dreadful weather forecast the group wrapped up warm and waterproof to take part in this, the biggest wildlife survey in the world. Leaders Tina, Kat and Ali explained the reasons we do the birdwatch (to help the RSPB monitor bird populations), how to identify and count birds and how to use binoculars safely. Unfortunately The Arboretum was closed due to gusting high winds so our birdwatch walk centred on walking round the radio telescope. (Both large telescopes were ‘parked ‘ … Click here for more information…..
At the weekend Bollington Arts Centre hosted a screening of Project Wild Thing, a feature length documentary film that poses the question, ‘What might happen if a generation becomes completely disconnected from nature?’ The screening was organised by Cheshire East Council Ranger Service and attracted a host of local providers including Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers, the Bollin Valley Partnership, Wacky Woods, Just So Festival, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Moorland Adventure, Phoenix Spirit, Oakhanger Project, Ranger Dan and Macclesfield Astronomical Society as part of the after-show event fair. The film played to a packed auditorium of all ages most … Click here for more information…..