The annual ‘Nature Needs You’ event organised by Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers and Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service at Teggs Nose Country Park encouraged visitors to ‘Give Wildlife a Home’ by making different kinds of bird food and wildlife homes.
Visitors could choose from a wide range of face paint and temporary tattoo designs Leader Liz Mayer and Ranger (and Leader) Martin James produced an incredible range of wildlife balloon models. (We all wanted a dragonfly!)
RSPB goods were on sale, including the ever popular range of Christmas cards, and a wide range of pin badges were available too.
Visitors could make apple feeders and pine cone feeders and had lots of fun making a selection pot of lumpy larvae, wiggly worms and crunchy caterpillars to feed the birds.
Bug bungalows and nestboxes were also popular activities.
Outside in the sunshine children used freshly harvested lavender flowers (a great garden plant for pollinators like bees) to make beautifully scented lavender bags. They also concocted wildflower seed bombs from a mix of clay compost and seeds.
Lots of children joined in a spot of bug hunting, searching out the tiniest of minibeasts sieved from piles of leaf litter. We found harvestmen, spiders, beetle larvae, springtails and plenty of earwigs.