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Next indoor meeting –

Monday 20th May 2019 Insects, Spiders & Myriapods – Life with Lots of Legs

Next outdoor meeting –

Sunday 28th April 2019 Dawn Chorus

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Sunday 28th April 2019: Dawn Chorus

Leaders and families from Wildlife Explorers set their alarms for very, very early in the morning as is now traditional at this time of year for the annual Dawn Chorus walk. Birds sing in the still early morning air to claim breeding territory and attract females in a wonderful cacophony of different songs – the morning of our walk was no exception. We started early enough for the first bird to be heard to be a tawny owl, probably on his way home to bed! Blackbirds, wrens and dunnocks sang against the background of wood pigeons and distant pheasants.  We … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 10th April 2019: Tytherington Club Holiday Club

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…..

Sunday 24th March 2019: Conservation Work – Macclesfield Forest

After a quick welcome from Ranger Martin Winder, a safety talk and instructions on how to safely complete the tasks for the day a large group of Wildlife Explorers headed to the Education Area. Armed with gardening gloves, a selection of tools and lots of enthusiasm families headed to the education area. As well as tidying up the tree shelters in the hedgerow and removing dead plants, saplings from the tree nursery were transplanted to the hedge, filling in spaces and extending the hedgerow. There was also plenty of bramble to clear and fallen branches were collected into piles for … Click here for more information…..

Monday 18th March 2019: Secrets of the Rainforest

The most recent indoor meeting for Wildlife Explorers focussed on Rainforests and the incredible variety of life these habitats support. The group learned about the work the RSPB does managing the Harapan Rainforest in Sumatra. We are losing rainforests across the world at an alarming rate and yet the Harapan Rainforest sees local communities coming together to restore and protect the area. The forest is home to incredible creatures from Sun Bears to Sumatran Tigers and Tapirs. After measuring and comparing their height against the height of various rainforest birds and animals Explorers got crafty and coloured cards depicting rainforest … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 26th February 2019: Birdwatching Session at Puss Bank Nursery

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…..