Minibeasts amaze young explorers
THE latest Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorer indoor meeting focused on the amazing world of minibeasts.
From butterflies and moths to spiders and centipedes, volunteer leader Martin James explained some of the incredible features of these tiny invertebrates.
The group watched a video of the life cycle of a bee to see the amazing transformation from grub to adult.
Members also completed the undersea woven collages that were used as part of the Tegg’s Nose Country Park exhibition Nature Connections. Teams of explorers hunted for minibeasts in a ‘lucky dip’ box before matching them to bingo sheets.
Teenage RSPB Phoenix members also took part in a special session, learning about the differences between native, introduced and invasive species.
Group leader Tina Hanak said: “An appreciation of the complex life cycles of these creatures helps children to under- stand how important they are in our ecosystems and the complex issues involved in their conservation.”
For more about the Wildlife Explorers go to macclesfieldrspb.org.uk.
Grace Carter at the minibeasts event