Supporting Local Groups

In addition to the Programme of Meetings held each year (September – July), volunteer Leaders from Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers give talks and demonstration, and run activity based sessions at local groups.

For further information contact the Group Leader, Tina Hanak.


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…..

June ’15 : St Albans Rainbows

Leaders joined St Albans Rainbows for a ‘Giving Nature a Home’ Session.   Children learned about the work of The RSPB, from the vital practical work we do on nature reserves across the country conservation science and wildlife crime prevention.   The group looked at different man-made wildlife homes and matched a selection of creatures to their ideal residence.   Everyone made a Bug Bungalow to take home – an individual invertebrate habitat that will provide a safe haven for    The session finished with a quick environmental game – illustrating the positive and negative impact that people have on … Click here for more information…..

April ’15: King’s School

Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers visit Kings’ School Macclesfield for Outdoor Learning Week Leaders from Wildlife Explorers visited Year 1 students at Kings’ Junior Division in Macclesfield to talk about ‘Giving Nature A Home’. Leaders explained the varied work of The RSPB. Children then matched different wildlife species to the man-made homes designed specifically for them.     Everyone enjoyed working out how the homes for wildlife matched the needs of different creatures, from Barn Owls to Havest Mice. Leaders introduced the woolly Hen Harrier family to the class and also talked about the huge conservation challenges facing these magnificent birds of … Click here for more information…..