As part of our opening week celebrations we are delighted that renowned nature lover Bill Oddie will be coming to visit our new reserve next Friday afternoon the 3rd June. Bill will be on hand to chat to visitors and will be leading a nature hunt.
We've also got another treat for children of all ages - star of the CBeebies Green Ballon Club, Jelly, will also be making an appearance on the same day.
This should be some special occasion!
Fifteen students from Moor Hall Primary School got the opportunity to join us for a lovely (if not a bit wet!) walk around the reserve on Monday. The students are members of Moor Hall's Bird Club and working towards their Bronze Wildlife Action Award. I got the chance to show them around and introduce them to a few birds they hadn't yet met!
The children learned how to use binoculars and got plenty of practice while looking for herons, chatty chiffchaffs and zooming in on song thrushes that greeted us on the bridleway. We made it all the way to the willow screen overlooking the lakes where we spotted dozens of house martins, sand martins, swifts, as well as ducks and geese - and the other usual suspects.
The group was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from RSPB Middleton Lakes nature reserve. The children managed to raise an impressive £40 for the RSPB by selling crafts they'd made including finger puppets, masks and bookmarks. (You can see photos of the kids selling their wares on the school's website, here.)
Martin Fisher, one of our volunteers, has been working with this school for years; including a fair few Big Schools' Birdwatches! Thank you to Martin for helping us link up with this primary school. We hope they'll come again!
If you know of a primary school near you that could well be interested in a fun day out at Middleton Lakes nature reserve (or having an RSPB visitor in their classroom), contact Becca (email@example.com or 01827 259756) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) about promoting our programmes. You can also direct teachers to our Living Classrooms website.
There will be an information tent where you can book for the various events.
We will have many hands-on activities taking place all week including nest box building, dragonfly making, face painting, mask masking, welly wanging, bog walking.........
Playmeadow activities start at 10am each day Sunday 28th May to Sunday 5th June
Saturday 28th May
10am Wetland Trail guided walk; 10.30am Family Funtime guided walk; 2pm Natural Art
Sunday 29th May
4.30am Dawn chorus walk; 10am Wetland Trail guided walk; 10.30am Family Funtime guided walk; 2pm Mini shelter building & bug hunt
Monday 30th May
10.30am Family Funtime guided walk; 2pm Middleton Lakes mini games
Tuesday 31st May
10am Wetland Trail guided walk; 2pm Story Telling; 9.30pm Night Time Stroll
Wednesday 1st June
10am Wetland Trail guided walk; 2pm Stream Dipping
Thursday 2nd June
10.30am Family Funtime guided walk; 2pm Story Telling
Friday 3rd June
10am Wetland Trail guided walk; 2pm Origami Duck make & race
Saturday 4th June
6.30am Family Birdsong Walk; 10.30am Family Funtime guided walk; 2pm Musical themes; 9.30pm Night Time Stroll
Sunday 5th June
10am Wetland Trail guided Walk; 10.30 am Family Funtime guided walk; 2pm Mini shelter building & bug hunt
We look forward to welcoming you to the RSPB's newest reserve