26th January 2018: Hurdsfield Primary Big Schools Birdwatch

The sunniest morning of the Birdwatch so far was our morning at Hurdsfield Primary School. It was also the first Birdwatch that we have ever done based in an amphitheatre! The morning began with an assembly – Leaders ‘built’ a Wildlife Explorer (we are getting good at that!) – complete with T-shirt, binoculars, dipping net and magnifying class. In preparation for the sessions outside the children also learned the method to count birds for the survey and the safety rules for using binoculars. Groups of children based on the school year groups made their way out onto the field in … Click here for more information…..

24th January 2018: Kettleshulme Big Schools Birdwatch

The whole school at Kettleshulme St. James took part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch. Each class started with an introduction session that covered garden bird identification skills and the safe use of binoculars. Leaders were extremely impressed by how well everyone remembered their binocular safety rules! The children soon got the hang of using their binoculars when the groups got outside. The young birdwatchers were very patient. On many occasions birds remained hidden in the thick, twiggy hedges, even though we could hear lots of birdsong clearly. When the birds finally broke cover – often spotted when a sudden movement … Click here for more information…..

25th January 2018: Prestbury School Big Schools Birdwatch

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. The children also identified the Top 10 Cheshire Garden Birds from the Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 results. Small groups of children took it in turns to do their section of the … Click here for more information…..

23rd January 2018: Puss Bank School Big Schools Birdwatch

The Puss Bank Big Schools’ Birdwatch involved Reception, Year One and Year 2 classes. After an Assembly where children identified the Top 10 Cheshire Garden Birds (our best school so far at identifying chaffinches and starlings!) the infant classes recapped the safety rules for using binoculars. After a quick demonstration on how to count birds for the survey they were ready to begin. The children worked in pairs sharing binoculars and ID sheets to great effect. Despite some and a few spells of light drizzle there were several small birds singing and one group of birdwatchers were even serenaded by … Click here for more information…..

22nd January 2018: Terra Nova Big Schools Birdwatch

Volunteer Leaders visited the Nursery and Reception classes at Terra Nova School. After a quick introduction to some common garden birds in the classroom (with some great correct identifications – blue tit, blackbird and great tit!) Terra Nova students learned how to use binoculars safely. After also getting to grips with a bit of counting children headed outside to complete their bird surveys. The children had made bird food and bird feeders as part of their Forest School mornings and the school grounds were alive with bird song as birds foraged for tasty things to eat. Blue tits and great … 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…..