We had a wonderful day out with The Macclesfield local RSPB group a few weeks ago at their WOW (Wildlife and Outdoor World Extravaganza) event at Pikelow Farm, Marton, near Macclesfield. My Dad is a committee member and so I hear first hand about all the incredible things the group do to raise money and awareness about birds and nature. I had a real WOW moment myself, but more on that later.
The Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers group has also won awards for its work with children, so we couldn’t wait to get down there and try some of the activities out. First we got our hands on the power tools and made bird boxes. This was only £5 and gave both L and G so much pleasure.
You have to watch G with a drill, he’s fast, but the Wildlife Explorer Leaders were brilliant at letting him experiment safely.
L had a go at making a seed bomb, a brilliant idea for our soil, as wild flowers prefer poor soil. This year not much grew in our veg patch, but the packets of wild flower seed we spread suddenly became a giant riot of colour at the end of the garden. At least I know my soil needs some TLC, or is simply crying out to be a wild flower garden.
Next we helped to make a giant insect house. We made one of these at home over the summer, so this was a great opportunity to pick up some more ideas for it.
Our local scrapstore always has cardboard tubes, so we will be picking up some of them at our next visit. It was really satisfying cramming the tubes with straw and pine cones and corrugated card.
As the event is on a farm, with a fishing lake, they even got to have a Fly Fishing lesson.
We had a lovely time, we were really proud of Dad, and so impressed by the work of all the local committee members, there was so much to do. Other activities included bird ringing, archery, craft activities, ferret races (they live on the farm) and lots of stalls.
Over lovely tea and cake Dad talked about how so many of the committee are retired and how the event nearly didn’t come off due to ill health and the sheer amount of work. There is always the worry about whether new committee members will emerge. I had a WOW moment, as they all stood up for a press photo, with David and Ann Taylor who own Pikelow farm, and the local MP David Rutley, thinking about the way this local RSPB group encourage children to look after birds and nature. A real legacy for the future.
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