January 2016: Ivy Bank Primary School

Intrepid pupils from Ivy Bank Year 1 braved torrential rain for the first part of their January Birdwatch.  The first session was cut short by the downpour so the children played a game inside that helped them understand how positive action for wildlife can benefit wild birds. Even in the wet conditions the children spotted Chaffinches, Starlings and a Pied Wagtail. House sparrows and Blackheaded gulls observed the group, who were armed with ID sheets and binoculars, from the tops of the hedges and the classroom roof! … Click here for more information…..

January 2016: Terra Nova

Nursery and Reception children at Terra Nova had been busy feeding the birds in preparation for their Big School’s Birdwatch. They had even pinned up sunflower heads for the birds. The children listened to the sounds of birds and learned how to tell some common species apart by their colours.  Leaders were delighted that Nursery children identified a Woodpecker correctly. As well as Blue tits, Great tits and Chaffinches the team identified a Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush. One of the last spots of the day was a Goldcrest – Britain’s tiniest bird – in the conifer just outside … Click here for more information…..

January 2016: Bosley Bobkins Nursery

Brilliant Birdwatchers from Bosley Bobkins wrapped up warm to look for birds in their school grounds.   The children listened to House sparrows chirping in the hedges and even spotted them sitting high up on the edge of the gutters.  A large rook landed on top of the school building – a great spot for the young birdwatchers. A huge group of Canada geese were still grazing on the field at the back of the school. Luckily the children from the Infants and Juniors had already counted them! Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers would like to thank the pupils and staff … Click here for more information…..

January 2016: Bosley St Mary’s Primary School

Bosley St Mary’s have been taking part in the Big School’s Birdwatch for many years. The whole school takes part, completing a bird survey of the school grounds.                   This year Leaders were very impressed that pupils remembered all of the safety rules for using binoculars from previous birdwatches. As well as House sparrows, Collared Doves, Blue tits and Great tits children also spotted Dunnocks and Rooks. In total there were 220 Canada Geese grazing on the field. Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers would like to thank the pupils and staff for hosting … Click here for more information…..

January 2016: Rainow Pre- School

Children at Rainow Preschool began their session listening to the songs of different birds. They learned about the sounds that Robins, Blackbirds, Blue tits and House sparrows make and then looked at pictures of the birds in preparation for their birdwatching walk. After learning how to use binoculars safely the children put on coats, hats, scarves and gloves. The walk down the lane was full of birdsong. Robins sang out and Jackdaws and Wood pigeons flew overhead.                    Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers would like to thank the pupils and staff for hosting … Click here for more information…..

January 2016: Rainow Primary School

The first school of the week, Rainow Primary, has taken part in all of the Macclesfield RSPB Big School Birdwatches over the last ten years, building up an interesting and important picture of bird life in the school grounds. This year the most exciting spot had to be a huge Grey Heron that took off and circled round the school. The school regularly feed the birds so as well as looking for birds in the school grounds and wood children could also watch birds visiting the bird table from the warmth of the conservatory.              … Click here for more information…..