Kids get stuck into the Big Birdwatch
CHILDREN across the town have been learning all about wild birds by taking part in the RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch campaign.
Volunteer leaders from Macclesfield RSPB visited students at Rainow PreSchool, Terra Nova, King’s Infants, Ivy Bank, Rainow and Puss Bank primary schools to count the birds in their school grounds. Children as young as two years old took part using binoculars and telescopes to spot wild birds and learning how to identify our most common garden visitors.
Over the two weeks, more than 15 volunteers have run 35 different sessions at 12 different locations engaging over 850 children. Group leader Tina Hanak said: “This is one of the most rewarding projects that we involved in.
“The information we collect is used by The RSPB to prioritise conservation decisions relating to our garden birds but the most important result for me is the enthusiasm we see generated in children and teaching staff.
“By inspiring interest and appreciation for the natural world we are also encouraging people to make a little bit more space for nature in their lives – everyone benefits!”
For more information about the group go to www. macclesfieldrspb. org.uk.
●● Clockwise from above: Students at Puss Bank Primary School see what they can spot; pupils from Rainow Primary School learn to identify the birds; pupils at Kings Infants wrap up warm to watch the skies