Pupils are wide-eyed for national bird survey
SCHOOLS across the town have been doing their bit to help with a national bird survey.
Under the guidance of the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers, primary school children took time out in their classroom to see which birds they can spot in their playground and record them for the nationwide records.
It was organised as part of the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch, with children from nine primary schools and two preschools taking part in the two-week programme.
Children from Puss Bank School provided the only sighting during the fortnight of a siskin – a small yellow, striped finch – feeding on the alder trees near the infant classrooms.
And eagle-eyed volunteers were also able to point out a sparrowhawk flying overhead.
The first few minutes birdwatching at Prestbury CE Primary were a real treat, starting a great bird list with treecreeper and goldcrest.
Children also managed to add pheasant and mistle thrush to the list by the end of their sessions.
Kettleshulme St James Primary School hosted their Birdwatch on a wild and windy afternoon.
However, pupils were still treated to some great close views of robins and blue tits in the hedges around the playground.
At the end of the Birdwatch fortnight Wildlife Explorers also organised two Big School Birdwatches at Victoria Park.
On separate days, pupils from King’s Junior Division and Hurdsfield Primary surveyed the birds in the park, both coming up with impressive bird lists that included goldfinch, goldcrest, nuthatch and treecreeper.
Tina Hanak, RSPB Wildlife Explorers group leader, said: “Enthusiasm for the Birdwatch from children and staff this year has been better than ever. We have seen an incredible range of species.
“I think many pupils have been genuinely surprised by just how rich in wildlife their school grounds are when you take a closer look.
“The information we have collected in Cheshire will be used by the RSPB to create a snapshot of the health of our national bird populations – it will help inform important conservation decisions for the future.”
For more about the Wildlife Explorers, which runs a fantastic programme of nature events and activities for children, teenagers and families, go to macclesfieldrspb.org. uk.
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