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…..

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…..