Dedicated nature lovers get stuck in
VOLUNTEERS from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers have had a busy few weeks.
The youngsters spent hours helping to transform one of the few green spaces in the Centre of Macclesfield into a haven for urban wildlife, but have also found time to expand their knowledge and learn about the microscopic world around us.
They have worked hard to install a selection of nestboxes for diferent bird species in Sparrow Park, the green area behind the Town Hall on Bunker Hill.
Cheshire East Council has been co-ordinating the regeneration of this historic park to offer the public a welcoming space to relax and enjoy as well as providing improved opportunities for nature.
A selection of nestboxes for different bird species were constructed by Wildlife Explorers as part of The Macclesfield Big Bird Box Build project and, appropriately for Sparrow Park, includes a cluster of nestboxes for communal nesting birds, house sparrows.
All the boxes were painted and made ready for use by an industrious team at Lime Walk Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit.
In the next few weeks a group of insect homes and a starling box will also be added to the site.
At their most recent club meeting, the youngsters learned about the fascinating natural world that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Starting with a picture quiz members were tasked with identifying some close-up shots of some familiar and un-familiar animals including birds, butterflies and reptiles. Explorers then watched award winning video footage of tiny,moss-living, microscopic water bears (tardigrades) in amazing detail.
Children then took part in a selection of hands-on activities to explore the microscopic world for themselves.
Leader Martin James said: “No Wildlife Explorer meeting would be complete without a great craft activity.
“Members made their very own artistic microscope slides – some truly brilliant creations were taken home”.
For more information about the Explorers and their next projects and events go to their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @ MaccWildlife.
●● Volunteers have made Sparrow Park as welcoming as possible for new arrivals
●● The Young Wildlife Explorers helped install nestboxes at Sparrow Park
●● Catherine Wood and Willow Hill make microscope slides
●● Sarah and Grace Podmore take part in the fun activities
●● Janneke Van der Veken concentrates on the project