Look­ing sharp for bird finds

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE - ABIGAIL O’LEARY

THE Ju­nior Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plorer team had a busy start to the year learn­ing some top tips on how to bird­watch.

Fifty vis­i­tors de­scended on Jo­drell Bank as the young ex­plor­ers took part in the Big Gar­den Bird­watch, as well as hear­ing a talk from wildlife pho­tog- ra­pher David Tol­l­i­day.

And putting their skills to the test, the bud­ding bird­watch­ers recorded 254 birds from 26 dif­fer­ent species, from familiar gar­den birds to the more un­usual gold­crest and raven.

An­other bunch of ex­plor­ers from the ju­nior sec­tion of Macclesfield’s RSPB re­fused to let the dark skies stop them from en­joy­ing their bird­watch­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The chil­dren took their bird­watch­ing in­doors, and hung pa­per birds on wash­ing lines to help them learn how to use their binoc­u­lars safely.

Chil­dren also cre­ated a fab­u­lous roost­ing tree made from re­cy­cled cards, as well as gift tags that will be sold to raise money for their cam­paign to pro­tect Eng­land’s most threat­ened bird of prey, the hen har­rier.

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Tina Hanak said: “Jo­drell Bank was a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion for bird­watch­ing and I hope we have in­spired our vis­i­tors to look a lit­tle closer at their own gar­den vis­i­tors and ap­pre­ci­ate the in­cred­i­ble wildlife we can all en­cour­age on our own doorsteps.”

More in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal RSPB ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple can be found at www.mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb.org.uk or their Twit­ter @Mac­cWildlife.

●● Above: Ju­lian Carty and Hope Van der Vekken with Emilia, Grace and Simon Pod­more – photo by Su­san Wil­son. Right: the group stand in the shadow of the Lovell Tele­scope

●● Above: young ex­plor­ers don their binoc­u­lars to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent birds; top, the ex­plor­ers brought the ses­sion in­doors

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