Ded­i­cated na­ture lovers get stuck in

Macclesfield Express - - TIME-TRIP -

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

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