I’m delighted to announce that Big Schools’ Birdwatch is now open for registration at rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch

If you’ve taken part before than please sign up again – you know how great it is.

If you’ve not taken part in Big Schools’ Birdwatch before – you should.

All you and your class need to spend a minimum of one lesson (or lunchtime) between the 4thJanuary and the 12th February (the first half-term after Christmas) recording birds in your school grounds. Once you’ve done that, come back to our website and tell us what you’ve seen. Every school that sends us their data will receive a certificate and poster as a thank you.

To make this easier for you, every class that registers will get a free, full-colour ID resource (a set of A4 cards for younger children, a big, impressive poster for the older children).

Furthermore (aren’t we generous?) our website has downloadable resources such as survey sheets, poster blanks and activity sheets to support you. Brand new this year we have our memory game for younger children, and our Big Card Birdwatch for older pupils.

 

Why?

Need a reason to take part? Well, the Big Schools’ Birdwatch provides strong links to the science curriculum and can also give real-world relevence to maths activities such as tallying (for younger children) and data-handling. It also gives your pupils the chance to contribute to something bigger than just their class, their school or even their country. By taking part you’ll be joining in with schools from the Isle of Wight all the way up to the Orkneys.

Secondly, nature is in trouble. The population of starlings, for example, has dropped by over 80% since 1970. By recording birds once a year, you help provide us with a snapshot of how wild birds are faring in your area, contributing to a bigger picture of how well some of our favourite species are coping across the entire UK.

 

What next?

Please take the time to visit our website to register your school or class and to download all the information and resources you need. There will also be plenty of tips and ideas for how you can help to give nature a home in the run up to the Birdwatch via this blog and the @RSPB_Learning twitter feed on the Big Schools’ Birdwatch homepage. Simply visit rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch to get started.

If you have any queries, or would simply like to give us some feedback, you can contact us at schoolswatch@rspb.org.uk.

We hope you enjoy taking part in this year’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch!

 

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