Eagle eyed schoolchildren set to count Merseyside's birds
TENS of thousands of School children across the UK,
including Schools throughout Merseyside, will be swapping books for binoculars
this term to take part in the UK's biggest schools wildlife survey.
The RSPB's 'Big Schools' Birdwatch 2017' takes place during the
1st ˝ of the spring term and helps children discover the wonderful wildlife they
share their school grounds with, whilst providing a helpful insight into which
species are thriving or declining.
According to research conducted by the RSPB2, 1 in 5 children are disconnected
from nature. 'Big Schools' Birdwatch' aims to inspire children to
care about the natural world around them in the hope they'll want to help
protect it for future generations.
Last year almost 100,000 pupils and teachers from schools all across the UK took
part by counting the birds that visited their school grounds, and it is hoped
even more will take part this year.
Over the years, more than 70 different species have been recorded in school
grounds, ranging from starlings and house sparrows, to red kites and green
woodpeckers. The blackbird remained the most common playground visitor in 2016,
whilst starlings held onto the 2nd spot. And for the 1st time wood pigeons made
the top 3, jumping up the list from 6th position in 2015.
Since its launch in 2002, the 'Big Schools' Birdwatch' has
provided opportunities for children and teachers to learn about how to give
nature a home in their school grounds. Many schools prepare for the event in
advance by putting up feeders and nestboxes and making bird cake. Seeing and
counting the birds coming to their feeders during the 'Big Schools
Birdwatch' is the perfect reward for their efforts.
Emma Reed, RSPB Education, Families and Youth Manager in Northern England said:-
"Taking part in Big Schools Birdwatch uses just one lesson or lunchtime so it's
really easy to get involved. We hope the excitement of taking part will then
inspire children in Merseyside to get out and experience more of the wildlife
around them. With studies showing that children are becoming increasingly
disconnected from nature, a concern that is linked to poorer physical and mental
health, we want to provide young people with as many opportunities as possible
to have fun exploring the natural world around them."
'The Big Schools' Birdwatch' is the school version of the 'Big
Garden Birdwatch' the world's biggest garden wildlife survey aimed at
families and individuals. The event will take place over 3 days from 28
January to 30 January 2017 and further information can be found on the RSPB
To register to take part in the:- '2017 RSPB Big
Schools Birdwatch', all you have to do is visit:-
need to take part is available to download from the RSPB website.