Report in ‘The Thread’
The junior section of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in East Cheshire
Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers launched their new season of events with ‘Wildlife Explorers CSI’! Members joined volunteer Leaders for the first indoor meeting of the year at Tytherington Family Worship to identify clues and work out the solution to an intriguing wildlife whodunit!
A list of suspects was compiled after looking at lots of evidence around two different crime scenes. Explorers examined footprints from impressions taken at the crime locations and identified droppings that were found in the vicinity. As well as identifying the findings of a fingertip search the children also took in to account the testimony of the crime scene officers and witness statements.
Using new ID skills to profile the long list of suspects the young wildlife detectives completed background checks and were then able to eliminate innocent suspects and establish the facts of the case. Autopsy results and last minute analysis from the crime labs meant that the group were able to work out the creatures behind the crimes with confidence.
The meeting was rounded off with fun and games and the group received their certificates for supporting last year’s ‘Help Our Rockhoppers’ fundraising campaign.
Group Leader Tina Hanak said, “This has been a great way to start our season – the children have learned lots about the techniques we use to identify signs of wildlife in the field and they have been able to apply that knowledge straight away. Unfortunately I’m unable to give away clues to the identity of the creature criminals we discovered as we are hoping to take the session into local schools and groups too! “
The new programme is now posted on the website at www.macclesfieldrspb.org.uk . You can also keep up-to-date with Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers on their Facebook page or by following them on Twitter @MaccWildlife.