Pupils flock to­gether for big wild bird count

Macclesfield Express - - BIG BIRDWATCH - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

CHIL­DREN across Mac­cles­field have been learn­ing how to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent birds that visit their play­grounds and parks.

The pri­mary school pupils have been tak­ing part in the Big School Birdwatch 2017 with the help of Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, a na­ture club which runs a range of wildlife based events and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Vol­un­teers from the group helped the chil­dren take part in the an­nual bird sur­vey, which helps the RSPB mon­i­tor birds and habi­tats across the UK.

Chil­dren at Rainow, Terra Nova, Bosley St Mary’s, Bosley Bobkins Preschool, Ivy Bank and Hurds­field pri­mary schools all took part in the count.

They spot­ted a whole range of birds, in­clud­ing dif­fer­ent species of ducks, waders, finches and gulls.

Tina Hanak, group leader, said: “The chil­dren have been ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic spot­ting and count­ing the birds.

“The more in­for­ma­tion we can col­lect about our school bird pop­u­la­tions the bet­ter.

“It all helps the RSPB make more ac­cu­rate con­ser­va­tion de­ci­sions for our wild birds.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Wildlife Ex­plor­ers go to mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb.org.uk.

Ivy Bank Pri­mary School stu­dents were out in force for the big bird count

These two get a help­ing hand in bird spot­ting at Bosley St Mary’s

Terra Nova pupils sung with the birds

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