RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

23rd January 2020

Yr7 students in Science have been getting out into the fresh air to take part in this years RSPB Big Bird Watch between the 6th and 27th Jan. As part of the Action Plan following the Eco-schools Environmental Review, the school has committed to taking part in more local and national wildlife activities to monitor the environment.

All resources were provided, that included clip boards and bird identifiers as well as a huge poster of local birds. Some students had binoculars and some used their cameras to capture the bird before it flew away.

As expected a large number of gulls were spotted in and around the school grounds at Chatham House. Students worked in small group of 3 - 4, in a specific spot of their choice and counted the number of bird that "landed" in a tally on their bird identifier work sheet. A wide range of birds from gulls and wood-pigeons to robins and blackbird's were spotted.

The information was collated and uploaded to the RSPB Big Bird Watch site, where last years results can be seen. The Big Bird Watch began in 1979 and has monitored for example, the drop by 81% of starlings as a result of this type of citizen science.


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