Every year, the RSPB run a Big School Birdwatch, encouraging school pupils to get their pupils out and about in the school grounds, logging all the species they see. This forms part of a huge database of information. Not only is this great for pupils and schools, but also encourages schools to think about how they can improve their grounds for wildlife.
With so many pupils at school, it was impossible to do the Birdwatch with everyone, so representative pupils from different year groups spent half an hour outside , armed with binoculars and a checklist to see how many different species we could spot!
We all thoroughly enjoyed it and as so many pupils are now Level 1, 2,3 or even 4 Bird ID, they were all identifying the birds themselves!
We are very lucky at Michael Drayton as we have great school grounds, but we have also worked hard to attract wildlife through habitat creation and our Bird feeding stations.
The species we saw throughout the day were:
Blackbird, House sparrow, Black headed gull, Magpie, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long tailed tit, Robin, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, DUnnock, Starling, Greenfinch, Collared dove, Pied wagtail, Jackdaw, Wood pigeon, Herring gull, Mistle thrush! (on the school field), Nuthatch, Goldfinch and the star of the show…. 2 Lesser redpoll! The Year 6 group saw these in the trees down by our bird feeding station and did need a little help with ID and were able to look at the species on WildlifeKate’s Bird ID app other phone!
We submitted our results to the RSPB and we look forward to seeing results from the country’s schools.