Garden ‘parties’ get young wildlife lovers buzzing
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
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?’
For more from Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers visit www. macclesfieldrspb.org.uk.
●» Youngsters enjoy themselves at the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers meeting
●» The six candidates representing different ‘Garden Parties’
●» Emilia Podmore having fun