Big School Bird Watch 2017
On a beautiful January morning, two children from each class wrapped themselves up warm, put on their boots and braved the cold weather to take part in the RSPB’s ‘Big School Bird Watch’. The children were given a pair of binoculars and a clipboard before setting off to work recording the species of birds around them and how many of each they could see. Judging from the results they collected, they weren’t disappointed. The sightings included some surprising appearances from several redwing, greenfinch, song thrush and a coal tit. The children were accompanied by Carole and Linda, two local RSPB volunteers, who guided the children around the School Woodland, helping them to spot and identify the various species of birds that could be seen.
The children were then treated to an RSPB assembly, where Carole talked about some practical ideas on how to identify and attract birds into their own gardens. This is the seventh year that we have taken part in the survey and comparing this year’s results (see below) to previous years showed that the efforts we have put in to attract different species into our school grounds are paying off. This survey is taking place in schools all across the country this week and will help the RSPB to build up a picture of the state of bird populations in the UK.