The class spilt into two groups – one group stayed inside to watch birds on the feeders near the conservatory whilst the other group, armed with binoculars, headed out to walk round the playground and into the wood.
In the Conservatory, as well as monitoring the wild birds visiting the feeders, children played some games to help them gain confidence with bird identification. Several blue tits and great tits visited the feeders.
Half way through the session the groups swopped over to complete their bird survey. A flock of long-tailed tits, some goldfinch and a mistle thrush were added to the bird list.
Children at the school regularly feed the birds (Breakfast Club keep the feeders topped up for their feathered visitors). This makes a huge difference to the number of birds – and helps wild birds survive when the food is scarce.
We are looking forward to returning next year for our fifteenth Big School Birdwatch together.