Pupils playing role in annual birds survey

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Youngsters are taking part in the world’s biggest school wildlife survey.

Schoolchildren across south east Northumberland will be part of the RSPB’s ‘Big Schools’ Birdwatch’ event, which runs until February 13.

The survey encourages pupils of all ages, and their teachers, to count the birds in their school grounds for one hour of one day.

Each school’s findings will help the RSPB’s experts to build a picture of bird populations and monitor any changes.

Siobhan McGuigan, RSPB regional youth development officer in northern England, said: “Taking part in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch is a fantastic excuse to stare out of the classroom window and discover much more about the wildlife which visits your playground.

“It only takes an hour and can be held anytime between now and February 13.

“By keeping a look out and making a note of the different kinds of birds, children will not only improve their observation skills and enjoy a great learning experience, but they will also be encouraged to want to help to give nature a home, which is fantastic.

There is still time for schools to sign up to take part. Teachers, helpers or children don’t need to be experts to take part in the survey.

Visit www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch for more information.