In addition to the Programme of Meetings held each year (September – July), volunteer Leaders from Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers give talks and demonstration, and run activity based sessions at local groups.
For further information contact the Group Leader, Tina Hanak.
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 Dave, Jen, Tina and Will visited The Tytherington Club Holiday Club to talk about Homes for Wildlife and help children make bird boxes for use in the club grounds. The session began with everyone looking at a whole range of different manmade wildlife homes and working out which wild creatures they were designed for. The answers were deduced using the size of the animal and position of the home, from a hedgehog house to a barn owl box and from a butterfly shelter to bat box the solutions arrived at were all correct. Everyone then designed their own home … Click here for more information…..
Volunteers from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers visited the nursery at Puss Bank to talk about garden birds and do a spot of hands-on birdwatching in the school grounds. Before we headed outside on a short birdwatching walk, each group of children learned a little bit about some of our most common wild birds – we talked about their colours and what they sound like. We were also very careful to make sure that everyone understood the safety rules for using binoculars. The unseasonal warm and sunny February weather was perfect for birdwatching. Lots of birds were calling and we listened … Click here for more information…..
Our first Big School Birdwatch of 2019 took place at Rainow Primary School. As usual Year 3 split into two groups to count the birds, taking it in turns to take part in the indoor and outdoor part of the survey. The outdoor group used binoculars to spot birds in the school wood and around the grounds, taking care to look around the edges of playing fields in the trees and bushes. The most exciting spots of the morning had to be a song thrush and a treecreeper, looking for food whilst moving carefully up the trunk of tree. The … Click here for more information…..
Get your school involved! Spend an hour getting to know more about the wildlife visiting your school grounds. Contact Tina Hanak on 07870 804413 for details … Click here for more information…..
Volunteers from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers recently took part in outreach sessions at schools in Rudyard and Leek on behalf or RSPB Coombes Valley, our closest RSPB reserve. The sessions covered the work of the RSPB and highlighted the importance of wildflower meadows as habitats for a whole host of species. Children, staff and volunteers had lots of fun getting muddy making seed bombs with wildflower seeds. Each child made their own seed bomb to take away and grow a mini meadow at home. The team would like to thank both the Sycamore class at Horton St Michael in Rudyard … Click here for more information…..
Leaders from Wildlife Explorers ran ‘Saving Nature’ sessions for Congleton First Beaver and Cub Scouts. After making fabulous bird crafts featuring endangered and iconic bird species, the scouts considered the complex questions facing all conservationists: What are the benefits of Nature? What are the threats to Nature? What can we do to help and make a difference? The children split into groups to discuss individual questions and had lots of interesting discussions with Leaders before presenting their conclusions. We learned about a whole host of creatures that are endangered but don’t often feature in conservation campaigns to save nature … Click here for more information…..
Read about our visit to Bosley on their school website: http://www.bosleyschool.co.uk/work/rspb-schools-big-bird-watch/12949 … Click here for more information…..
On 25th November, leaders Tina and Martin visited Prestbury Rainbows to run a session about winter wildlife. Rainbows learned about the different strategies wildlife species employ to cope with the changing seasons. The girls watched an incredible video about how bats lower their metabolism to cope with temperatures below freezing and completed a quiz about British Wildlife in winter. Later, the Rainbows made pine cone owls to take home, and finished off the evening with a game that illustrated the differences between migration, adaptation and hibernation. … Click here for more information…..
Leaders joined Prestbury Rainbows for a busy session about ‘Giving Nature a Home’. The girls learned how changes we make in our own gardens can benefit wildlife. We talked about how providing flowering plants, trees and shrubs, a pond and log piles can all be good for wildlife. We also demonstrated how longer grass on your lawn provides more places for insects to hide and shelter. Rainbows all made a brightly coloured butterfly to take home to remind them to think about Giving nature a Home in their own gardens. The group also met our Woolly Hen Harrier … Click here for more information…..