Thursday, 3 March 2011

Feathery Fun at Granby Barn

On Thursday the 24th of February children and adults alike gathered to have some feathery fun at Granby Barn on the Longshaw estate. The beautiful sunny half-term day was a perfect setting for all different activities about birds. The barn was kitted out with all the information you could need on the birds in the surrounding area, to help children, and their parents, to complete the bird quiz. One end on the barn also acted as a bird hide, with binoculars to help to locate the giant birds set up in the landscape outside, as well as the real ones!

For those more practically minded, there were birds feeders to be made from milk cartons and plastic bottles, a great way of recycling and helping birds at the same time! Along with this, to help the birds get ready for the spring, there were bird boxes and nest bundles being made. The children took all of the things they had made home to encourage birds into their gardens.

Setting up inside the barn
In addition to all of this there was a bird walk around Longshaw, led by Warden Mark Bull, for everyone to find out more about the birds in and around the area and where they live. One child in each group had the responsibility of listing all of the birds spotted on the walk, with one grand total coming to 13 different types!
All in all, the beautiful weather and exciting activities made for a great event for all of the family

Kate Skidmore, Vistor Experience Internship

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