Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Wild about Birds – A Flying Start!

Our Longshaw and Eastern Moors Explorers ventured over the moors to Shillito Woods to see and have a go at bird ringing this morning as part of the Eastern Moors “Flying Start” event. The RSPB launch their Big Garden Birdwatch next weekend, with this event getting people prepared to help with this important nationwide survey. Details of the Birdwatch can be found at

The morning gave us a fantastic, hands-on opportunity to get up-close to birds we usually see from a distance. Some of our young Explorers even got the chance to hold and set a bird free once they had been ringed.

Yellow hammer
On the Eastern Moors we saw many birds including: nuthatch, lesser redpoll, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, yellow hammer, blackbird and treecreeper.

The event was a great success, with a turnout of over 50 people coming to experience the art of bird ringing. I even got to hold and release three kinds of birds, an amazing first experience for me! As well as the bird ringing demonstration, there were a number of other activities going on. A bird ID trail through the woods, bird box making for Curbar Woods, pine cone bird feeders for the garden and building recycled binoculars all helped to shape the family event.

Back at Longshaw, another bird ringing session was underway. Once we had finished at the Eastern Moors event, we met with the bird ringers at Longshaw who had found blue tits, great tits, nuthatches, and a greater spotted woodpecker.

Our next Explorers event is on Saturday 22nd February, which will see us tracking wild animals around Longshaw. Meeting at the Moorland Discovery Centre at 10am. Don’t miss it!

The Longshaw and Eastern Moors Explorers is a family group who meet once a month to experience wildlife and the outdoors. Find out how to join the Explorers by contacting us at, or call us on 01433 637907.

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