Pupils are being asked to take part in the country’s largest national wildlife survey when the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch launches on January 6.

The initiative runs until February 20 and will see tens of thousands of pupils watching and counting the birds which visit their school grounds or outdoor spaces.

The survey results are sent to the RSPB and play a vital role in the charity’s work, offering a valuable snapshot of how the UK’s bird population is faring.

Over the last two decades, more than 70 difference species have been recorded in school grounds. The woodpigeon claimed the number one spot in the Big School Birdwatch rankings as the most commonly seen bird with an average of seven per school spotted in 2022. The blackbird took second place with the carrion crow completing the top three.

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