April 2015: Handforth Brownies

Leaders visited Second Handforth Brownies to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’. The evening began with an outline of the work of The RSPB and Brownies enjoyed dressing up to illustrate the many aspects of the RSPB’s work. With descriptions from Tina and Martin worthy of any wildlife estate agent, Brownies were set the challenge of matching a selection of wild creatures to the man-made homes designed for them. Leader Martin is becoming quite the expert at demonstrating being a tree!         Brownies then set about making their own bug bungalow to take home. Using recycled materials the girls … Click here for more information…..

Wednesday 1st October 2014: Prestbury Rainbows

Leaders visited Prestbury Rainbows to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’. We drew pictures to represent different aspects of the work of The RSPB. The girls were brilliant at guessing what the drawings would turn out to be. (Although Frankie’s drawings were particularly good!) The group worked out which animals live in different man-made homes and talked about the ways we can all help wildlife.                   Rainbows all made bug bungalows to take home so they would each have a little invertebrate habitat in their own gardens. Everyone tried to find the woodland creatures hiding in our big woodland … Click here for more information…..

Monday 29th September 2014: Christ the King Primary School

As part of the Bollin Valley Partnership’s sustainability week Leaders from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers visited Year 5 at Christ the King Primary School in Macclesfield.  Year 5 were planning to build a Hibernation Hotel – a brilliant overwintering habitat for minibeasts and small animals in the school grounds. Leaders talked about the work of The RSPB and how we can all help give nature a home in our own gardens. As well as providing food and shelter for wildlife visiting our gardens we also discussed the importance of water. There was lots of debate about which animals lived in … Click here for more information…..

Thursday 25th September 2014: Wilmslow Brownies

      Leaders visited Wilmslow Brownies to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’. The group learned all about the work of The RSPB and then had fun identifying a number of different man-made homes for wildlife – from a Barn Owl box to a Bat box. Everyone made their own bug bungalow to take home so that they could Give Nature a Home in their own gardens.           … Click here for more information…..

Jul 2014: Pott Shrigley Birdwatching Academy:

Leaders from Macclesfield RSPB have helped organise five weeks of ‘Birdwatching Academy’ sessions for a group of pupils from two local primary schools: Pott Shrigley and St John’s in Bollington.   The young birwatchers took part in a session that introduced them to the best ways to approach identifying common garden birds and a number of field trips to local birdwatching sites.   As a reflection of the way birds fit into wider natural ecosystems students also learned about a variety of homes for wildlife and then made their own bug bungalows to take home.     With expert guidance … Click here for more information…..

Jul 2014: Rainow Brownies

Leaders visited Rainow Brownies to help them complete part of their Brownie Birthday Challenge.   The Group learned about the work of the RSPB and the importance of Giving Nature a Home on a global and local scale.     We looked a different homes for wildlife and how they are suited to different animals and then the group made individual bug bungalows to take home to their own gardens.           The girls had fun playing the Twig Game – a game with an environmental message about how human influence on habitats makes a difference to … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 10th June 2014: Poynton Beavers

Leaders Tina and Jen visited 3rd Poynton Beavers to talk about ‘Giving Nature a Home’.   The group learned about the work of The RSPB and the best way they can help wild birds and nature in their own gardens.   Everyone had lots of fun matching animals to their man-made homes (Barn Owl, Dormouse, Hedgehog, Ladybird, Robin, Blue Tit and Bat).   The Beavers then made and decorated bug bungalows to take home to their own gardens – they’ll make perfect minibeast habitats when placed in a sheltered place in a bush or tree.   The session was rounded … Click here for more information…..

Tuesday 6th May 2014: King’s Juniors at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Students from King’s School Junior Division visited Teggs Nose Country Park to learn about our local natural and industrial heritage. Ranger Martin James and Wildlife Explorer Leader Tina Hanak lead a guided walk around the local beauty spot to take in a number of different wildlife habitats.       Students used binoculars to spot birds and get a closer look at some of the butterflies and bees.     At the stream we used kick sampling techniques to look at some of the invertebrate life in the stream.   Mayfly nymphs, including stone-clingers, specially adapted for life in fast … Click here for more information…..

Thursday 3th April 2014: Nest Building at Cheadle Hulme Junior School

Year 3 at Cheadle Hulme Junior School took part in a Wildlife Explorer Nest Building Challenge.     We learned the reasons that birds build nests and looked at pictures of different kinds of nests to work out which materials they were made from.       Children worked in groups to complete the challenge of building their own nests. After considering the properties of natural materials they collected and selected items like leaves, twigs, moss, grass cuttings and sheep’s wool in order to create a safe nest for some real eggs (real chocolate eggs!).           … Click here for more information…..

Friday 15th November 2013: Pupil Conference at Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield

  Wildlife Explorer Leaders helped to organise and run a Pupil Conference for Primary school pupils attending several different feeder schools for The Fallibroome Academy.         The session covered the work of The RSPB, how different animals prepare for winter and how we can all help wildlife by making sure we give nature a home in our own gardens.        All the children made bug bungalows to take home and Mr Evans and Leader Darren Mayer helped each school make a splendid bug house to take back to their school.           … Click here for more information…..