Pupils put eyes to the skies for bird sur­vey

Macclesfield Express - - BIG BIRDWATCH - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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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