Young ex­plor­ers take walk on the wild side

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YOUNG vis­i­tors flocked to the an­nual ‘Na­ture Needs You’ event or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers at Tegg’s Nose Coun­try Park.

The event show­cased a wide range of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties all aimed at help­ing gar­den wildlife through the cold months ahead.

With dif­fer­ent bird foods and bird feed­ers to make, wild­flower and na­tive seed plant­ing and the con­struc­tion of homes for soli­tary bees, there was some­thing for every­one.

The group also of­fered nat­u­ral crafts and fun ac­tiv­i­ties like balloon mod­el­ling and a Wildlife Ex­plorer Trail around the park.

As well as col­lect­ing lots of na­ture in­for­ma­tion and wildlife gar­den­ing tips, vis­i­tors of were en­cour­aged to make a va­ri­ety of bird nest­box de­signs to ei­ther take home or to con­trib­ute to the group’s project, The Mac- cles­field Big Bird Box Build.

Tina Hanak, group leader, said: “It has been won­der­ful see­ing so many fam­i­lies tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion to­day to help the wildlife in their gar­dens.

“There are lots of sim­ple, in­ex­pen­sive things you can do to im­prove your gar­den for wildlife – like mak­ing sure there is a va­ri­ety of food and fresh water avail­able for the birds over the win­ter.

“Mak­ing bird food and feed­ers can be great fun too.”

The Mac­cles­field Big Bird Box Build is sup­ported by a na­ture con­ser­va­tion partnership that also in­cludes The RSPB Mac­cles­field Lo­cal Group and Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Bird box kit ma­te­ri­als and tools have been funded by pub­lic do­na­tions and a grant from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Grant Scheme.

Lots of dif­fer­ent commu- nity groups have con­trib­uted by mak­ing and paint­ing a range of dif­fer­ent nest­box de­signs.

Com­pleted boxes are be­ing in­stalled in green spa­ces across the Mac­cles­field area in­clud­ing na­ture re­serves and schools.

You can fol­low the progress of the Mac­cles­field Big Bird Box Build at mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb.org.uk, by fol­low­ing the group on Twit­ter @ Mac­cwildlife or by lik­ing their Face­book page.

Emilia and Sarah Pod­more help to make bird food

David Bromont and Tim Wil­son make nest­boxes with vis­i­tors

The An­son fam­ily make fat ball feed­ers for birds

Grace Pod­more joins in and helps plant a tree

Leader Tim Wil­son makes a nest­box with a vis­i­tor.

Alistair Hanak mak­ing seed bombs with Cather­ine An­son

Natasha James with one of her Origami geese

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