In a year when the value of our gardens and outdoor spaces has been highlighted during the Covid-19 lockdown, schools are being urged to use the event to enrich their outdoor learning programmes.
It is the 20th anniversary of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which is run by the RSPB and involves children watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before submitting their results to form part of the national dataset.
The birdwatch takes place during the first half of the spring term (January 5 to February 22, 2021).
Over the last two decades, more than 70 different species have been recorded during the annual survey. Earlier this year, the 2020 schools’ birdwatch results showed that the blackbird remained at the top of the rankings as the most commonly seen bird by school children, with more than 15,000 sighted. The woodpigeon came in second spot, with the house sparrow third.
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