Leaders from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers had a lovely morning birdwatching with Nursery and Reception classes from Terra Nova School.
The children learned that we can identify garden birds by their calls and features like colour, shape and size. Armed with binoculars and ID sheets all the classes completed a small circuit of the school buildings and did a brilliant job counting the birds that they spotted. Even the youngest birdwatchers in Nursery were able to identify birds they saw using the ID sheets.
Reception classes had been busy making different types of bird food so the school grounds had lots of feeders to attract the birds. We were all rewarded with a great bird list featuring a range of species.
The children got fantastic views of a flock of long-tailed tits that flitted down from the trees to one of the fat feeders. They also saw a flock of siskin in the alder tree right outside the classroom – the birds were hanging upside down looking for food amongst the alder cones.
Thank you to all the children and staff for a wonderful warm welcome and lots of enthusiasm for taking part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch.