Eager pupils flock for big bird count
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