22nd January 2018: Terra Nova Big Schools Birdwatch

Volunteer Leaders visited the Nursery and Reception classes at Terra Nova School. After a quick introduction to some common garden birds in the classroom (with some great correct identifications – blue tit, blackbird and great tit!) Terra Nova students learned how to use binoculars safely. After also getting to grips with a bit of counting children headed outside to complete their bird surveys.

The children had made bird food and bird feeders as part of their Forest School mornings and the school grounds were alive with bird song as birds foraged for tasty things to eat.

Blue tits and great tits were flitting around the trees, soon to be joined by a group of long-tailed tits. A small flock of goldfinches sat right above the children and black birds were spotted on the field and in the goats’ paddock.
A brief rain shower didn’t put off a couple of house sparrows, high in the trees and added a beautiful rainbow above the woods.

Leader Mark manned the telescope and showed the young birdwatchers how this incredible piece of equipment helps to get even better views than binoculars. Children enjoyed looking through both ends of the telescope!

We had a fantastic morning, enjoyed by all – 20 species and a rainbow!

Bird List
Blue tit
Carrion crow
Coal tit
Collared dove
Great tit
House sparrow
Long-tailed tit
Mistle thrush
Pied wagtail
Song thrush

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