Sunday 11th February 2018: Martin Mere – Day Visit

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…..

Saturday 27th January 2018: Big Garden Birdwatch, West Park, Macclesfield

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…..

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…..