Children urged to join RSPB's Big Schools BirdwatchBy Hugh Fort
January 15, 2013
Bracknell and Wokingham's schoolchildren will be learning all about our feathered friends in a nationwide project starting next week.
From Monday, January 31, until Friday, February 1, children will be taking part in the RSPB's Big Schools Birdwatch.
Last year, nearly 1,000 children from 23 schools in Berkshire took part.
Schools can still take part in the project and can register at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolwatch.
Don Fuller, RSPB south east Youth & Education Officer, said: “For more than a decade young people have joined in counting the birds in their school grounds.
“As well as contributing to our understanding of the changes in bird numbers, Big Schools’ Birdwatch is a brilliant way of connecting young people with nature by getting them interested and excited about what they can see through the classroom window.
“It’s all too easy for them to miss those opportunities to get outside and understand the world around them.
"Big Schools‘ Birdwatch gives children the chance to step up for nature.”
Last year's results showed the blackbird was the most common visitor to Berkshire playgrounds with the wood pigeon in second place.
Don added: “All you need to do to take part is watch and count the birds in your school grounds for one hour, then send one set of results back to the RSPB telling us what you saw.
“This is an opportunity to take part in something huge, and not only can the children get involved at school – families can do the survey at home in their own gardens through our Big Garden Birdwatch.
“Whether you have seen several exotic species or just a few of the commonest birds, it doesn’t matter – all sightings are useful to us!”
For further information and to get hold of a free Big Schools’ Birdwatch teachers’ pack, visit the RSPB website www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch or ring 0300 456 8340. The hotline number will be operational until 1 February 2013.