We are re-launching the Bird ID Challenge in school as we aim to get ALL pupils and staff in school able to recognise 6 common birds! For those who get really interested and keen, there are Level 2 (12 birds) and Level 3 (20 Birds) and even a Level 4, soon to be online for those MEGA ornithologists who have achieved Level 3 already and are looking for a new challenge. This will be 30 birds! Each level builds upon those already learnt, and you can practise your skills in school at our feeding stations or at home by setting up your own bird feeding station!
Coming in the Spring will be the Mammal ID Challenge and then the summer will bering the Butterfly ID Challenge!
It is not just about learning the names of the birds though. By being able to identify some of the commonest birds that share our green spaces, gardens, patios and other spaces, we are starting to form a connection and a link with the natural world around us. The more you get to recognise, the more birds you will start seeing and the more interstested you will become. Feeding the birds in your own garden is a wonderful way to do your bit for wildlife and it is great fun!
WildlifeKate has lots of feeders in her garden and you can watch them LIVE on her website at www.wildlifekate.co.uk. Sometimes we watch her feeders in our classrooms or when we are eating our dinner in the hall!
Before Christmas, all classes will have been tested to see what level they can achieve. Some children achieved levels last year and these are carried over. For each level achieved, you receive a badge and a certificate!
You can find out more about the scheme by visiting our pages on the WildLearning Website Page
There are pages that explain what you have to learn for each level:
WildlifeKate has even created some cool games to help us learn them. You can access the Level 1 ones by clicking on the images below…. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can get to the same games for the other levels!
WildlifeKate has created a ‘Birdometer’ ion the hall so we can see our progress….
So, get practising over the holidays and let’s see how many of our pupils we can get to Level 1… we are over half way there now! Good Luck! :o)