Wednesday 10th April 2019: Tytherington Club Holiday Club

Leaders Dave, Jen, Tina and Will visited The Tytherington Club Holiday Club to talk about Homes for Wildlife and help children make bird boxes for use in the club grounds. The session began with everyone looking at a whole range of different manmade wildlife homes and working out which wild creatures they were designed for. The answers were deduced using the size of the animal and position of the home, from a hedgehog house to a barn owl box and from a butterfly shelter to bat box the solutions arrived at were all correct. Everyone then designed their own home … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 26th February 2019: Birdwatching Session at Puss Bank Nursery

Volunteers from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers visited the nursery at Puss Bank to talk about garden birds and do a spot of hands-on birdwatching in the school grounds. Before we headed outside on a short birdwatching walk, each group of children learned a little bit about some of our most common wild birds – we talked about their colours and what they sound like. We were also very careful to make sure that everyone understood the safety rules for using binoculars. The unseasonal warm and sunny February weather was perfect for birdwatching. Lots of birds were calling and we listened … Click here for more information…..

Monday 21st January 2019: Rainow Primary

Our first Big School Birdwatch of 2019 took place at Rainow Primary School. As usual Year 3 split into two groups to count the birds, taking it in turns to take part in the indoor and outdoor part of the survey. The outdoor group used binoculars to spot birds in the school wood and around the grounds, taking care to look around the edges of playing fields in the trees and bushes. The most exciting spots of the morning had to be a song thrush and a treecreeper, looking for food whilst moving carefully up the trunk of tree. The … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 28th November 2017: Coombes Valley Meadows Outreach Programme

Volunteers from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers recently took part in outreach sessions at schools in Rudyard and Leek on behalf or RSPB Coombes Valley, our closest RSPB reserve. The sessions covered the work of the RSPB and highlighted the importance of wildflower meadows as habitats for a whole host of species. Children, staff and volunteers had lots of fun getting muddy making seed bombs with wildflower seeds. Each child made their own seed bomb to take away and grow a mini meadow at home. The team would like to thank both the Sycamore class at Horton St Michael in Rudyard … Click here for more information…..

May 2016: Congleton First Cubs and Beavers

Leaders from Wildlife Explorers ran ‘Saving Nature’ sessions for Congleton First Beaver and Cub  Scouts. After making fabulous bird crafts featuring endangered and iconic bird species, the scouts considered the complex questions facing all conservationists: What are the benefits of Nature? What are the threats to Nature? What can we do to help and make a difference?   The children split into groups to discuss individual questions and had lots of interesting discussions with Leaders before presenting their conclusions. We learned about a whole host of creatures that are endangered but don’t often feature in conservation campaigns to save nature … Click here for more information…..

November 2015 : Prestbury Rainbows

On 25th November, leaders Tina and Martin visited Prestbury Rainbows to run a session about winter wildlife. Rainbows learned about the different strategies wildlife species employ to cope with the changing seasons. The girls watched an incredible video about how bats lower their metabolism to cope with temperatures below freezing and completed a quiz about British Wildlife in winter. Later, the Rainbows made pine cone owls to take home, and finished off the evening with a game that illustrated the differences between migration, adaptation and hibernation.     … Click here for more information…..

June ’15 : Prestbury Rainbows

Leaders joined Prestbury Rainbows for a busy session about ‘Giving Nature a Home’.   The girls learned how changes we make in our own gardens can benefit wildlife. We talked about how providing flowering plants, trees and shrubs, a pond and log piles can all be good for wildlife. We also demonstrated how longer grass on your lawn provides more places for insects to hide and shelter.   Rainbows all made a brightly coloured butterfly to take home to remind them to think about Giving nature a Home in their own gardens. The group also met our Woolly Hen Harrier … Click here for more information…..

June ’15 : St Pauls Rainbows

Leaders joined St Pauls Rainbows for an action-packed ‘Giving Nature a Home’ Session.   Leaders introduced the work of The RSPB with help from volunteers from the audience. As well as looking at varying roles of RSPB staff (such as conservation scientists, nature reserve workers and teams wrking to combat wildlife crime) the group also learned that we are part of a bigger global organisation: BirdLife International. The group then looked at a slection of man-made wildlife homes, matching a selection of British wild animals to their ideal residence.   Everyone made a Bug Bungalow to take home – an … Click here for more information…..