The humble woodpigeon knocked the blackbird off top spot in the last Big Schools’ Birdwatch – but which species will be the "most spotted" this time around?

School children are filling up bird-feeders, turning classrooms into bird hides and creating wildlife-friendly bakes as they prepare for the annual Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

Run by the RSPB, the Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place during the first half of the spring term 2022 – January 5 to February 21 – and is a chance for children to participate in a UK-wide citizen science project, generating data for use in real research.

The birdwatch involves children watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space before then sending the results to the RSPB. By taking part, children are also helping to build an annual snapshot of how our bird-life is doing across the UK.

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