The RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Bird-watchers: Thousands of school children will be taking part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which takes place next half-term (image: David McHugh)

The annual Big Schools’ Birdwatch is taking place from January 6 to February 21 and schools are being urged to take part.

The initiative involves pupils filling up bird feeders, turning classrooms into bird hides and creating wildlife friendly bakes in preparation for watching and counting the birds in their school grounds.

The birdwatch ultimately involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space before sending the results to the RSPB. Teachers can pick any day during the first half of the spring term to take part.

Around 60,000 children and teachers took part in 2019 counting more than 100,000 birds with the most numerous species being the blackbird, with an average of eight per school. Robins, house sparrows and woodpigeons all featured prominently, too.

Many schools prepare for the event by taking measures to give nature a home in their school grounds, such as putting up feeders and nestboxes and making bird cake.

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