Kids cre­ate a home in wild

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

CHIL­DREN in Mac­cles­field have helped cre­ate hun­dreds of new homes for wildlife.

Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, the ju­nior sec­tion of The Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds in East Cheshire, set it­self an am­bi­tious tar­get of cre­at­ing 1,000 new homes for wildlife in and around the town.

They built nest boxes, bug homes and hi­ber­na­tion ho­tels and they have cre­ated wildlife habi­tats by plant­ing trees and mak­ing wild­flower seed bombs. As a re­sult the Ex­plor­ers ex­ceeded their tar­get and made 1,300 homes.

Group leader Tina Hanak said: “Na­ture is in trou­ble and one of the best ways we can all help is by pro­vid­ing a lit­tle space for wildlife in our own gar­dens. We have had amaz­ing support in our home build­ing ef­forts from lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups – work­ing to­gether to give na­ture a home.”

The group has also been busy at its an­nual ‘Na­ture Needs You’ event at Teggs Nose Coun­try Park which is or­gan­ised with Cheshire East Coun­try­side Ranger Ser­vice and showcases a range of wildlife-themed ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vis­i­tors made ap­ple and pine cone bird feed­ers and had fun mak­ing a se­lec­tion pot of lumpy lar­vae, wiggly worms and crunchy cater­pil­lars to feed the birds.

Young­sters used freshly har­vested lavender flow­ers to make scented lavender bags. They also con­cocted wild­flower seed bombs from a mix of clay, com­post and seeds. Ex­plor­ers also joined in with a spot of bug hunt­ing, search­ing out the tini­est of minibeasts sieved from piles of leaf lit­ter.

Many vis­i­tors chose from a range of face paint de­signs and tem­po­rary tat­too cre­ations by leader Liz Mayer, and ranger Martin James pro­duced a range of wildlife bal­loon mod­els.

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