An incredibly busy meeting celebrating the arrival of spring and the incredible interdependence of insects and flowering plants.
The first task of the day was to complete our fabulous moorland Hen Harrier collage as part of the suite of activities that will count towards the group qualifying as ‘Hen Harrier Heroes’. Overlaid on the gorgeous textures and colours we had created last meeting were the creatures that we associate with this habitat including the endangered Hen Harrier itself.
We talked about the importance of plants and flowers to wildlife and people and Leader Martin explained the process of pollination and how flowers, insects and birds are all adapted to make the process efficient and exclusive for particular species. (With the help of a bin bag, some giant pollen grains and some gloves! Mortimer even muscled in on the action!)
It was reassuring that many of the group thought that we should appreciate flowers because they improve our lives by making the countryside and our environment look beautiful as well as for their ecological role.
Thanks to a generous donation from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company we were then able to plant individual Botanico pots of wildflower seeds for children to take home – their own mini-wildflower meadows. The flowers will benefit nectaring insects from window- sills across Macclesfield!
The craft for the evening, devised by Leader Helen, was ‘Felt Flowers’. Everyone made their own vibrant blossoms from brightly coloured wool – creating fabulous textured felt petals and then securing leaves and pipe-cleaner stems.
Recycling Officers from Bosley School, Sam Brunt and Oliver Carter, presented the group with stamps they have been collecting in support of The RSPB’s Albatross Campaign. This will significantly boost the donation we are able to make from Wildlife Explorers and the Macclesfield RSPB Local Group to help the international work The RSPB does protecting these incredbile birds.
It was a very meeting for Mortimer Moments. (Our Water Bear Mascot has his photo taken with those who have made outstanding contributions to the group). Members Natasha James, Tilly Melvin and Harriet Barwick all had ‘Mortimer Moments’ in recognition of their fundraising towards our Hen Harrier campaign.
Leader Darren was recognised too as the person who organised the fantastic donations from Scott’s Miracle-Gro that made the brilliant activities for this meeting possible. (Sam and Ollie got a Mortimer Moment too!)
The meeting ended with all children attending being set a Bird Feeder Challenge. All the children attending the meeting received a Chapelwood Bird Feeder and Fat Balls to take home as part of a kind donation from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. They have been asked to report back on the species of bird that use the feeders as part of a Prize Draw to win a prize of some wildlife ID books. (If you are taking part please don’t forget you need to send in your results by Friday April 10th).