The BTO is launching a project to expand their knowledge of our various Owl species, starting with the Tawny Owl. This project will build connections with local groups to survey their local breeding population to see how the owls are faring. The BTO will also provide volunteer ringers with new skills to monitor owls, such as tagging technologies. The project will be designed so that as many people as possible can take part and will look at the annual breeding success of the owls and advance our knowledge of how Tawny Owls use their foraging areas and what aspects of … Click here for more information…..
You are never too young to start learning about nature in your immediate environment – and the tiny children visiting Macclesfield Children’s Centres this week were no exception. Families were introduced to a selection of toy singing birds so that they could learn how to identify some of our most familiar garden visitors. There was also an opportunity for even the youngest birdwatchers to get hands-on using binoculars. Unfortunately torrential rain at the Ash Grove session meant that we couldn’t complete a birdwatch but a cold, crisp bright morning at Broken Cross meant that we a really good list of … Click here for more information…..
The Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers February indoor meeting involved some time travel as we focussed our attention on the origins of modern birds! Both age groups headed back millions of years to the age of the dinosaurs for all of our crafts, games and activities. The dinosaur name game at the start of the meeting got everyone scratching their heads as they worked out the origins of those amazing dinosaur species names and even created some of their own! Then it was time to dig out Leader Martin’s trusty geological timeline scarf to help to work out when, in the … Click here for more information…..
Another chilly winters day for the February Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers outdoor meeting to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Martin Mere Wetland Centre near Ormskirk. In 2002 a wildlife survey recorded well over 2,000 different species of birds, mammals, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mini-beasts living in and around the mere which gives the site its name. There are over 100 species of international water-birds plus an otter enclosure, eco-garden and a world record breaking minibeast hotel! The group arrived just as the reserve was opening and met up with a volunteer guide from WWT who gave us an … Click here for more information…..
With a wet, cold, dreary day for our Big Garden Birdwatch event we didn’t hold out much hope for many attendees or many birds. What a surprise we had! With a team of around 20 eager birdwatchers we set off to record the bird life at West Park in the centre of Macclesfield. In the end we were very lucky with the weather and the hour of our birdwatch was perhaps the best of the morning. We saw lots of blackbirds in the play area, including two having quite a scrap. Smaller birds were flitting in the trees – including … Click here for more information…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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…..