Saturday 27th January 2018: Big Garden Birdwatch, West Park, Macclesfield

  Join Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers to take part in the annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey with lots of tips an garden bird ID and completing your own survey at home. Meeting point: Outside the cafe, West Park,  Prestbury Road,  Macclesfield, SK10 3BJ  Time: 10.00am to 12.00 noon Information:  Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer for the duration of the meeting Ideal for families and accompanied children. Our outdoor events are suitable for all ages. No charge – suggested donation £1 per child. Car Park charges apply at some Outdoor Venues. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and footwear, with appropriate sun protection … Click here for more information…..

19th January 2018: Kings Juniors Primary Big Schools Birdwatch

Birdwatcher’s from King’s Junior Division joined Wildlife Explorer Leaders in Victoria Park for their Big School Birdwatch – there had been overnight snow and ice which had mainly cleared for a sunny but bitterly cold morning. Children could hear lots of birds singing in the trees but they proved challenging to spot. Students from Year 3 and 4 used binoculars and a telescope to build up a fabulous list of 20 different species and they were able to observe some very interesting behaviour. As well as three robins fighting valiantly for territory we also saw a nuthatch fighting with a … Click here for more information…..

18th January 2018: Horton St Michael’s First School Big Schools Birdwatch

Volunteer Leaders began their visit to Horton St. Michael’s with an assembly about Wildlife Explorers and the Top 10 garden birds from the Big Garden Birdwatch 2017. Leaders were impressed when our bird pictures were identified by children in the audience of all ages. Birdwatchers from Nursery and Hazel class were the first to complete their section of the Birdwatch. Unfortunately this coincided with the start of a very heavy shower of sleet. Luckily there was plenty of shelter and an excellent view point from the school gazebo. Despite the terrible weather we managed to see a woodpigeon and a … Click here for more information…..

16th January 2018: Rainow Pre School Little Schools Birdwatch

Overnight snow did not deter Rainow Pre School Birdwatchers from completing their ‘Little School Birdwatch’. The session started indoors with everyone listening to birdsong and looking at pictures of some of our most familiar birds. Tina and Susan were delighted that the children were so interested in birds, some could even identify blackbirds, blue tits and even a woodpecker. Everyone identified the robin with ease. The children enthusiastically named some of the other birds they knew like harpy eagle and penguin. When it was time for our Birdwatching walk everyone wrapped up warm with coats, hats and scarves. Most of … Click here for more information…..

16th January 2018: Ivy Bank Primary Big Schools Birdwatch

Intrepid birdwatchers in Year One at Ivy Bank defied the weather forecast (and a few showers of sleet) to contribute to The RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch. The morning’s sessions started in the classroom with and introduction to the world of Wildlife Explorers. Each class built a ‘wildlife explorer’ with key items of equipment: binoculars, magnifying glass, pond net, ID book and of course a Wildlife Explorers T-shirt! The children learned about all the different activities wildlife explorers get involved in with the help of some volunteers! Students also had fun identifying the Top 10 Cheshire Garden birds – great practice … Click here for more information…..

15th January 2018: Rainow Primary Big Schools Birdwatch

The first Birdwatch of the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers’ Big School Birdwatch campaign was Rainow Primary School. Volunteers have been visiting the school each January to help with the Birdwatch for more than 10 years and have recorded interesting changes in the birds that visit the school. The 2018 session started with an introduction explaining how wildlife explorers learn about nature and the environment. The class then identified the Top 10 Garden Birds in Cheshire (from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2017). Leaders were really impressed by the excellent bird identification knowledge of the class. The class split into two … Click here for more information…..

Monday 15th January 2018: Garden Birds – Our Familiar Feathered Friends

Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT Click here for a map. Admission: RSPB Members: £1.50 per child per meeting. (RSPB Membership Card or Number required.) Non-members: £2.50 per child per meeting. Indoor Meeting Times: 6 to 9 years (Yr 1 to Yr 4) – 6.00 to 7.00 pm Over 9 years (Yr 4 to Yr 7 & Teenagers) – 7.15 to 8.30 pm The Indoor meeting activities start promptly at these times – please arrive in good time to ‘sign in’. … Click here for more information…..