Volunteers for Wildlife Explorers visited Prestbury CE Primary School to hep run their Big School Birdwatch. As well as an assembly explaining how taking part in the birdwatch (and the Big Garden Birdwatch) can help the conservation of wild birds several groups of children ventured outside with binoculars to record the birds in the school grounds.
Children got excellent, close views of carrion crows, robins and blue tits. A couple magpies were spotted too.
As well as looking for birds children listened out for calls – the very first bird they heard was a nuthatch. The team were really impressed that some of the children could identify carrion crow by call.
The sessions ended with a couple of very special moments. One of the robins sat in the tree next to the gazebo and serenaded the last group of birdwatchers and in the closing moments everyone was treated to views of a bullfinch through the telescope and long-tailed tits moving overhead through the tops of the trees.