Ex­plor­ers cel­e­brate ex­cit­ing wild year


MAC­CLES­FIELD RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers cel­e­brated the end of an ac­tion-packed sea­son with a party at The Sal­va­tion Army Hall in Roe Street.

As well as a bird iden­ti­fi­ca­tion quiz, chil­dren en­joyed tak­ing part in cater­pil­lar races, play­dough cha­rades and cli­mate change mu­si­cal chairs.

And af­ter en­joy­ing some party food, with lots of jelly, the group watched a re­view of the year to re­mind them of the wide va­ri­ety of meet­ings in the 2016/17 sea­son.

Th­ese ranged from ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ to ‘Wildlife and the Weather’, from ‘Tree Dress­ing’ to ‘Prac­ti­cal con­ser­va­tion work at Jo­drell Bank’, and an amaz­ing week­end away in Borth. At­ten­dance awards were handed out to those ded­i­cated Wildlife Ex­plor­ers who sup­ported the in­door and out­door meet­ings through­out the whole sea­son.

Ju­nior leader Will Mayer was recog­nised for his hard work through­out the sea­son, par­tic­u­larly with nest­box and in­sect home con­struc­tion.

The most im­por­tant award of the evening was ‘The Lin Towns­ley Award’ for Young Per­sons Con­tri­bu­tion to Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion, in mem­ory of the founder of the group.

This year the award went to Grace Pod­more, who not only at­tended more meet­ings dur­ing the year than any other Wildlife Ex­plorer, but also con­trib­uted to lots of ad­di­tional con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in her spare time.

As well as plant­ing wild­flow­ers for ‘Grow Wild’ and paint­ing nest­boxes for The Mac­cles­field Big Bird Box Build, most re­cently she added to sev­eral of the group’s con­tri­bu­tions to the pop­u­lar Wildlife Trust cam­paign ‘30 Days Wild’.

Group leader, Tina Hanak, said: “Wildlife Ex­plor­ers would like to thank all of our mem­bers and their fam­i­lies and all those oth­ers within the com­mu­nity who sup­port our ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Con­nect­ing chil­dren to na­ture has never been more im­por­tant – and with such won­der­ful back­ing we are able to make learn­ing about na­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment fun and mean­ing­ful for lots of lo­cal chil­dren and groups.”

The full pro­gramme of in­door and out­door meet­ings for next sea­son can be found at mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb. org.uk from the end of Au­gust.

Keep up-to-date with Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers on Twit­ter @Mac­cwildlife or by lik­ing their Face­book page.

Grace Pod­more (left) won the Lin Towns­ley Award, while Grace Carter was joint win­ner of the Week­end Away Na­ture Diary com­pe­ti­tion

Joe Lo­mas and Imo­gen Strickland with leader Simon Pod­more play­ing play­dough cha­rades

A cater­pil­lar race team

One of the ac­tiv­i­ties

More of the award win­ners

Ju­nior leader Will Mayer with group mas­cot Mor­timer the Wa­ter Bear

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