Leaders enjoyed the birdwatch at Prestbury CE Primary School, with new species or increased numbers of birds seen with every group that took part.
In a whole school assembly Leaders ‘built’ a Wildlife Explorer – complete with T-shirt, binoculars, dipping net and magnifying class. Volunteers also helped demonstrate the sorts of activities that Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers get involved with, from conservation work to art projects and environmental games.
Small groups of children took it in turns to do their section of the birdwatch. Observing and counting the birds in the school grounds, children used the gazebo, the edge of the allotment and the benches in the new sensory garden as bases. Some groups got incredibly close views of blue tits and long-tailed tits with no need at all for binoculars.
Other groups counted large flocks of jackdaws on the field and an impressive group of cackling magpies. Everyone was excited to see a jay in the woodland. We also got to watch a nuthatch hunting for food and caught a fleeting glimpse of a treecreeper.