Year 8 pupils have been getting ready for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch (26-28th January 2019). The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's largest garden wildlife survey. The pupils have learned about how nature is in big trouble, species numbers have declined dramatically in recent years and it's vital we work together to help their recovery. RSPB focus on their priority list of species and help nurture their recovery.
One way we will help at MCA is taking part in the survey and reporting our results. The classes made pine cone lardy seed feeders to hang in their garden, yard, balcony or the park to attract birds and take part in the survey. They have taken home a recording sheet to collect results. Pupils will bring back their results so we can upload them to the RSPB website.
The learning has helped our classes develop their interest in wildlife and the world around us!
How to take part Joining in with Big Garden Birdwatch is simple and enjoyable. Here's our step-by-step guide... Choose a good place to watch from for an hour between 26-28 January 2019. Which window gives you the best view? If you haven't got a garden that's no problem. Just pop down to your local park or green space and join in there. Relax and watch the birds for an hour. Count the maximum number of each species you see at any one time. For example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three. That way, it’s less likely you’ll double-count the same birds.
Bring back your results on the counting sheet and we will upload them onto the RSPB website. Even if you didn't see anything, let us know, it's still really useful information.