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…..

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…..