Sunday 26th January 2014: Big Garden Birdwatch

  33 intrepid birdwatchers took part in The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch at Jodrell Bank. With dreadful weather forecast the group wrapped up warm and waterproof to take part in this, the biggest wildlife survey in the world.       Leaders Tina, Kat and Ali explained the reasons we do the birdwatch (to help the RSPB monitor bird populations), how to identify and count birds and how to use binoculars safely.   Unfortunately The Arboretum was closed due to gusting high winds so our birdwatch walk centred on walking round the radio telescope. (Both large telescopes were ‘parked ‘ … Click here for more information…..

Saturday 18th January 2014: Project Wild Thing

At the weekend Bollington Arts Centre hosted a screening of Project Wild Thing, a feature length documentary film that poses the question, ‘What might happen if a generation becomes completely disconnected from nature?’   The screening was organised by Cheshire East Council Ranger Service and attracted a host of local providers including Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers, the Bollin Valley Partnership, Wacky Woods, Just So Festival, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Moorland Adventure, Phoenix Spirit, Oakhanger Project, Ranger Dan and Macclesfield Astronomical Society as part of the after-show event fair.     The film played to a packed auditorium of all ages most … Click here for more information…..

Thursday 16th January 2014: I Spy Wild Birds

For their first meeting of 2014 Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers took a closer look at the world of garden birds. In preparation for The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of the month children brushed up their identification skills and learned how to use binoculars safely.       Both groups also had a go at identifying mystery birds by their silhouettes – for some reason nobody guessed the Whinchat correctly!     Explorers also made colourful Blue tit collage calendars to take home.                                 … Click here for more information…..

Sunday 12th January 2014: Birdringing

On a January Sunday morning Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorer Leader Darren and Junior Leader Katherine were lucky enough to go bird ringing near Alderley Edge.     All the ringing was done by two “C” permit holders, still under the supervision of their trainers, who were also there helping with some of the more difficult sexing of the some of the birds.   The mist nets used to catch the birds were put out around 8.00am, and the ringers went back to the net three times in the morning, each time a large amount of birds were caught and logged.   … Click here for more information…..