Kids get stuck into the Big Bird­watch

Macclesfield Express - - GARRY THE HAT WHAT’S ON - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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.

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“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

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