One of our favourite School Birdwatches takes place each year at Victoria Park. Our morning birdwatching with students from the King’s School Junior Division was bright and sunny (if a bit on the cool side) and everyone was treated to a great selection of bird species.
Three groups of children from Year 3 and Year 4 walked over to the park and used the bandstand as a perfect base for watching the birds. There was a huge enthusiasm as students got to grips with using binoculars to watch the blue tits and great tits high in the trees and count the wood pigeons (and squirrels) foraging on the ground.
Leader Tina and Ray from the RSPB Local Group also ran a lunchtime drop-in session for children at the Ginkgo Meadow, a dedicated nature area at the school’s Fence Avenue site. Lots of children came along to have a go at using binoculars and to contribute to our survey.
As well as a number of typical birds associated with school grounds (blackheaded gulls, feral pigeons, jackdaws, etc.) Ray managed to spot a kingfisher speeding along the edge of the canal that runs alongside the meadow – a first for any of our bird watches.