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February 2021

Friday, 26 February 2021

February 2021 Wildlife Sightings

February 2021 Wildlife Sightings

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the latest stay at home instructions in England we have amended the normal wildlife sightings section of our website. We will continue to welcome reports of wildlife seen in our gardens or during exercise walks from home. Initially only the species will be published, possibly with limited location information. We are aware that the police are are advising people who are out birdwatching that they may be contravening Covid guidelines, as birdwatching is not a form of exercise.

Please report your wildlife sightings to

Clear photos will be welcomed and each month a pdf will be attached at the bottom of this page with a selection of photos received (if any).

Please everybody stay safe and healthy and comply with the Covid-19 guidelines.

28 Feb - Red Kite being harassed by Crow, location withheld

27 Feb - 3 Oystercatcher at Swettenham (Susan Evans)

26 Feb - 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Raven flying over Prestbury garden (Steve McCoskery)

25 Feb - Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Great Crested Grebe including two pairs displaying, Treecreeper, Common Gull at Poynton Pool

25 Feb - Pochard, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 5 Goldeneye at Redesmere

25 Feb - Kestrel, Barn Owl, Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker at Danes Moss

17 Feb - Sparrowhawk landed on birdfeeder in Poynton garden (Richard and Viv Arnold)

16 Feb - Pair of Tawny Owls calling to each other on Tytherington Golf Course (David Tolliday)

16 Feb - 45 Lapwing over Macclesfield Canal (David Tolliday)

15 Feb - Red Kite seen from a Congleton garden (Gerald Wells)

14 Feb - Sparrowhawk, male Reed Bunting, male Stonechat, 5 Lapwing at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

14 Feb - Redwing and Lapwing seen from kitchen window in Sutton (David Collis)

14 Feb - 33 Lapwing in field by River Bollin just before Presbury Sewage Works (Paul Davies)

14 Feb - Mistle Thrush feeding on crab apples and a Redwing in Congleton garden (Jean Mackey)

13 Feb - Rook in Wally Hayes car park (Paul Davies)

13 Feb - Redwng in Sutton garden (David Collis)

12 Feb - 6+ Teal, 11 Mandarin Duck, 3 Dipper, 6 Goldcrest, 12 Siskin, Grey Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 65 Redwing at River Bollin, Prestbury (Paul Davies)

12 Feb - Little Egret, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail at Riverside Park, Macclesfield (David Tolliday)

12 Feb - Mistle Thrush in Prestbury back garden (Steve McCoskery)

11 Feb - Little Egret being harassed by a Grey Heron in Knutsford (Rick Mason)

11 Feb - 2 Treecreeper, 10 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (David Tolliday)

11 Feb - Dipper on River Bollin, Prestbury (David Tolliday)

10 Feb - 47 Shovelar, 17 Teal, 4 Shelduck in the pool below Lapwing Cottage, Lapwing Lane

10 Feb - Hundreds of Lapwing, 7 Oystercatcher, 17 Pochard on the islands Mere Farm Pools

10 Feb - Common Gull and Kingfisher at Redesmere

10 Feb - 2 Oystercatchers standing on the ice at frozen Redesmere

9 Feb - Reed Bunting, 3 Stock Doves, 2 Ravens at River Bollin, Prestbury (Paul Davies)

9 Feb - 3 Dippers, 6 Goosanders, 3 Teal, 3 overflying Cormorants, 9 Mandarin Ducks, Kestrel, Rook overflying at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

7 Feb - 200+ Redwings over Tytherington Golf Course (Conor Molloy)

5 Feb - Whooper Swan with a group of Mute Swans on the canal at Middlewich (Phil Grice)

5 Feb - 4 Goldeneye (2 males and 2 females) at Redesmere

5 Feb - Kingfisher, Dipper, Goldcrest, Cormorant at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Woks area (David Tolliday)

4 Feb - Little Owl, confidential location Macclesfield (David Tolliday)

4 Feb - Female Sparrowhawk in a High Street, Macclesfield back garden (Kevin Blake)

3 Feb - 4 Lesser Redpoll in a Prestbury garden (Paul Davies)

2 Feb - Male Goldeneye at Redesmere

2 Feb - 2 Little Egrets flying along Poynton Brook towards Moggie Lane (Kate Marsham)

1 Feb - Peregrine at undisclosed location

1 Feb - 2 Goosanders, Teal, Redwing, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Dippers at River Bollin, Prestbury (Paul Davies)

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Emily Williamson, Co-founder of the RSPB, Statue Campaign

Emily Williamson, Co-founder of the RSPB, Statue Campaign

Many of our members may remember the talk given to us by Tessa Boase in November 2019, when we were introduced to the founders of the RSPB - Emily Williamson and Etta Lemon.

Tessa outlined the struggle these two ladies and their supporters faced over a period of more than 30 years to bring into force the Plumage Act of 1921. This Act of Parliament banned the import of exotic feathers so helping to safeguard birds such as the snowy egret and great-crested grebe.

Emily's organisation The Society for the Protection of Birds and Etta's Fur, Fin and Feather Folk eventually joined forces to become and develop into the RSPB we know today.

Emily Williamson lived not too far away from us at The Croft, Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury and at the end of her talk Tessa Boase told us of a recently installed plaque on the site in commemoration of Emily as a founder of the RSPB together with the growing idea to also erect a statue of Emily.

Please use the link below to take you to the Emily Williamson statue campaign site.

The site explains how to vote for your four favourite statue designs from the twelve designs listed. Here too you are able to take a virtual tour of Fletcher Moss Park followed by a Survey Monkey survey to vote for the area within the Park where you would like the statue to be sited. Crowdfunding donations to the campaign are also welcome.

A short list of the four sculptors and their designs will be announced on March 1st with four bronze maquettes unveiled in July 2021, to mark the centenary of the Plumage Act.

The maquettes will then tour RSPB visitor centres throughout Britain, allowing the public to vote for their favourite. The winning sculpture will be announced in November 2021 followed by the unveiling of the finished sculpture on Emily's 168th birthday in April 2023.

Fletcher Moss Park is one of the North West of England's most valued open spaces; a nature-lovers' haven rich in birdlife and flora where you can find rare wildflowers, exotic trees and rare Alpine species together with treecreeper, bullfinch, siskin, nuthatch, song and mistle thrushes to name a few.

(The Emily Williamson portrait is copyright of the artist Clare Abbatt)

Monday, 8 February 2021

February 2021 Newsletter

The February newsletter includes details of future events and the results of our 2020 garden wildlife survey.

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

The March newsletter includes details of future events and part two of the results of our 2020 garden wildlife survey. The survey includes records of the mammals, butterflies, moths, amphibians and odonata that visited our gardens.

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