Children join the big birdwatch

CHILDREN across Northumberland will be taking part in the biggest survey of bird life in UK schools this winter.

Thousands of schools across the country are getting involved once again with the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

Running from Monday to January 30, the activity encourages children and their teachers to discover and learn about the feathered friends that share their environment.

It also enables the charity to build a picture of birds visiting school grounds and the population changes they are experiencing.

Last year in Northumberland, the most common bird spotted was the blackbird with an average of 6.73 per school.

The blue tit and house sparrow completed the top three, with an average of 4.21 and four per school respectively.

RSPB Education Officer for Northern England Emma Reed said: “For the past ten years, we’ve been asking young people to count the birds in their school grounds.

“As well as contributing to our understanding of the changes in bird numbers, Big Schools’ Birdwatch does a fantastic job of inspiring thousands of children about nature.”

For further information or to obtain a free teachers’ pack, visit www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch or call 0300 4568340.