Volunteer Leaders from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers helped to run a special bird-themed day for home educators at Jodrell Bank Arboretum. The session focussed on taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, The RSPB’s national citizen science project and the biggest wildlife survey in the world.
The group learned about the work of the RSPB, the methodology for the bird survey, how to identify some common wild birds and how to use binoculars safely.
Armed with binoculars, telescopes and identification sheets families explored the Arboretum in gorgeous spring sunshine. After one hour the bird list comprised 18 species including goldcrest (Britain’s smallest bird), redwing (a scandinavian migrant in the thrush family) and long-tailed tit.
Perhaps the best spot of the session was in the very last moments – a raven flew down, landing just above the group of birdwatchers, providing magnificent views of this huge, black bird.
Results of the survey are used by The RSPB to help assess the state of the populations of wild birds birds in our country and contribute to the conservation strategies employed to help species in trouble.