Ea­ger pupils flock for big bird count

Macclesfield Express - - BIG BIRD WATCH - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

MAC­CLES­FIELD RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers have been help­ing lo­cal schools take part in a na­tional bird sur­vey.

Group Leader, Tina Hanak, said: “Get­ting chil­dren in­volved in a sur­vey of this kind is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity. As well as many of the chil­dren get­ting their first chance to use equip­ment like bin- oc­u­lars and a spot­ting tele­scope, we are gath­er­ing im­por­tant data that will pro­vide the RSPB with a snap­shot of the bird pop­u­la­tions across the coun­try.

“This in­for­ma­tion will shape some of the con­ser­va­tion de­ci­sions that are made in the fu­ture.”

Among the schools tak­ing part in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Bird­watch was Rainow Pri­mary, which has taken part in all of the Bird­watches over the last 10 years.

The pupils’ most ex­cit- ing spot was a huge grey heron which took off and cir­cled round the school.

Rainow Preschool also had lots of fun dur­ing their Bird­watch lis­ten­ing to robins singing and count­ing jack­daws.

And the whole school at Bosley St Mary’s took part in their Bird­watch count­ing an in­cred­i­ble 220 Canada geese graz­ing on the field, with Bosley Bobkins Nurs­ery iden­ti­fy­ing robins and black­birds with great en­thu­si­asm.

Terra Nova’s Nurs­ery and Re­cep­tion classes had been feed­ing the birds with a se­lec­tion of home­made bird foods.

This paid off with great sight­ings of mis­tle thrush, song thrush and nuthatches as well as Bri­tain’s small­est bird, the gold­crest.

Ivy Bank’s Year One class braved in­clement weather to count more than ten dif­fer­ent kinds of bird in­clud­ing house spar­rows and star­lings, both species that have de­clined sharply in re­cent years.

For more de­tails go to mac­cles­field rspb.org.uk.

●● All eyes were on the birds close to Terra Nova Pri­mary School

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