School wildlife survey as easy as child’s play

Date Posted: 16/12/2014

Tie in a visit to a local wildlife centre as part of the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch which runs from 5th January to 13th February.

Schoolchildren across the UK can do a different type of counting from their usual Maths class, by noting the numbers of birds they can spot in their school grounds during the first half of the spring term.

There are nine WWT Wetland centres across the UK for example, which schools can visit as a follow on to their bird watching.

Many schools prepare for the event in advance by taking measures to give nature a home in the playground, such as putting up feeders and nestboxes and making bird cake. Counting the birds coming to their feeders for the Big Schools Birdwatch is the perfect reward for their efforts.

Participating schools will receive a certificate and a free wildlife poster once they have completed the activity and sent in their results.

Teachers can register to take part in Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2015 at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch. Schools that register will be sent a free ID resource.
 

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