Minibeasts amaze young ex­plor­ers

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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