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