Gar­den ‘par­ties’ get young wildlife lovers buzzing



YOUNG wildlife lovers held their own elec­tion, with a twist.

At their last meet­ing Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, the ju­nior sec­tion of The Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds in East Cheshire, held a hus­tings fea­tur­ing six can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent ‘Gar­den Par­ties’.

Each can­di­date gave pas­sion­ate speeches about their im­por­tance in gar­den ecosys­tems and why they should be judged to be the most im­por­tant el­e­ment in our gar­dens.

The younger group of Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, aged six to eight, elected the bee as the most im­por­tant to the gar­den, while the older group, aged nine to 18, voted for the Black­bird as their win­ner.

Group Leader Tina Hanak said: “In re­al­ity it is the coali­tion be­tween all the dif­fer­ent parts of the gar­den that makes it such an im­por­tant part of na­ture.

“Across the UK the com­bined area of all our gar­dens is greater than the com­bined area of all the na­ture re­serves.

“As such gar­dens are an in­cred­i­ble and di­verse habi­tat for wildlife.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing Ex­plor­ers made cof­fee fil­ter but­ter­flies and chil­dren also cre­ated a se­lec­tion of grasshead char­ac­ters that will grow wild ‘hair­styles’ as the meadow seeds sprout on from their crowns.

The evening was rounded off with a fun game of ‘Who am I?’

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●» Young­sters en­joy them­selves at the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers meet­ing

●» The six can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent ‘Gar­den Par­ties’

●» Emilia Pod­more hav­ing fun

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