Pupils put eyes to the skies for bird survey
SCHOOLS across the town have been doing their bit to help with a national bird survey.
Under the guidance of the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers, primary school children took time out of the classroom to see which birds they could spot in their playground and record them for the nationwide records.
It was organised as part of the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch, with children from nine primary schools and two pre-schools taking part.
The final schools to take part in the event were Kettleshulme St James and Puss Bank.
Tina Hanak, RSPB Wildlife Explorers group leader, said: “Lots of birds were in full voice, singing in the trees for the afternoon birdwatch at Kettleshulme St James.
“Despite the winter sun- shine, many birds were seeking shelter from the cold in the thicker bushes and ivy on the trees, making them difficult to spot. Pupils still managed to a compile a bird list of 14 different species including bullfinch, kestrel and greenfinch.
“Puss Bank Primary School was perhaps our coldest birdwatch ever. The temperatures were down to -20C but this did not deter the birdwatchers at all. Using binoculars and identification sheets to help them take part in the survey, children got great views of bullfinch and chaffinch.”
For more about the Wildlife Explorers, which runs a fantastic programme of nature events and activities for children, teenagers and families, go to macclesfieldrspb.org. uk.
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Puss Bank pupils try to identify the birds