Charm­ing day out at wrig­gly worm hunt

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

NA­TURE lovers put on their best be­hav­iour to en­tice some wrig­gly friends out of their holes for the World Worm Charm­ing Cham­pi­onships.

And while the two teams from the Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers and RSPB groups didn’t quite muster enough worms to the sur­face to be crowned the win­ners, they had great fun in the mean­time, find­ing 74 and 97 worms re­spec­tively.

The teams, who were given a square me­tre pitch to work within, op­er­ated as tag teams for 30 min­utes, with mem­bers tak­ing it in turns to use gar­den forks to cre­ate vi­bra­tions in the earth that en­cour­age worms to head for the sur­face.

Tina Hanak, group leader, said: “The teams have done ex­cep­tion­ally well this year, es­pe­cially in the dry, un­promis­ing con­di­tions.

“We have been work­ing on var­i­ous as­pects of our tech­nique and have drawn on the ex­per­tise of one of our par­ents, a lo­cal fish­er­man who is no stranger to seek­ing out worms.”

The group also used the event to cham­pion their cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the is­sues sur­round­ing the en­dan­gered hen har­rier, which they have been fundrais­ing to sup­port.

Pic­tures: Tina Hanak

●● The Phoenix team at the worm charm­ing con­test

●● Jan­neke Van der Veken, Martin James and Natasha James take a well-earned rest

●● The Ex­plor­ers used the event to cham­pion their cam­paign to save the hen har­rier

●● One of the Wildlife Ex­plor­ers teams at work dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion

●● Adam Gar­nett and Emma en­tice the worms

●● Sarah Pod­more and a woolly hen har­rier

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