Pupils go wild for chance to spy birds

Macclesfield Express - - BIG BIRDWATCH -

STU­DENTS from schools across the town left the warmth of their class­rooms to take part in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Bird­watch.

It is a na­tional scheme or­gan­ised by the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds to track dif­fer­ent species across the UK and en­cour­age more young­sters to take an in­ter­est in our feathered friends.

Lead­ers from Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers spent a fort­night help­ing schools take part in the an­nual bird sur­vey.

Among the pri­mary schools that took part were Prest­bury, King’s and Rainow Preschool.

Dur­ing the visit to Prest­bury CE Pri­mary, vol­un­teers ran an assem­bly ex­plain­ing how we use our senses for bird­watch­ing and year two stu­dents Char­lotte Jarvis and Nancy Luke, who are both fundrais­ers for the Mac­cles­field Big Bird Box Build, re­ceived two nest­boxes for the school grounds as part of the project. They were also pre­sented with spe­cial pin badges and bird books in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts.

Wildlife Ex­plor­ers group leader, Tina Hanak, said: “This year we have had an­other fan­tas­tic set of bird­watches. Our vol­un­teers have had the warm­est of wel­comes from staff and stu­dents at all of the schools we have vis­ited.

“There’s an in­cred­i­ble amount of en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing more about the wildlife in our im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment and this project is a fan­tas­tic way to do it.”

For more go to mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb.org.uk

Su­san Wil­son

Prest­bury bird­watch­ers on the look­out

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