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Pupils’ eyes go to the skies for birdwatch

Pupils from St Michael's on Wyre Primary School are taking part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

Pupils from St Michael's on Wyre Primary School are taking part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

Young ornithologists have been keeping a beady eye on birds as part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey.

Pupils at St Michael’s on Wyre CE Primary School are among 75,000 pupils and teachers nationally who have been 
observing and counting birds visiting school grounds for the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

The three-week annual study is designed to encourage children to discover more about birds and learn about their behaviour.

Headteacher Cathy Brough said: “The children take part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch each year.

“Looking after nature is an important part of our curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

“The children are always keen to be involved and encouraging their enthusiasm is vital for future generations.”

RSPB representatives visited the school, in Hall Lane, for a special assembly to teach the children the skills to carry out the survey and Carol Bamber, RSPB education officer for northern England, said that the pupils could not wait to get going.

“The schoolchildren at St Michael’s on Wyre were fantastic,” she said.

“They were full of enthusiasm and enjoyed finding out about the birds they are likely to see in the school grounds.”

Each school’s findings help the RSPB’s experts to build a picture of birds visiting schools and monitor any changes in population.

The results also contribute to the conservation charity’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which is the world’s biggest wildlife survey.

 

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