Students from The Webber Independent School, Milton Keynes, braved the winter elements on Friday 23rd January to undertake some bird watching in recognition of the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch. Officially the event was celebrated over the weekend 24th- 25th January, so remembering what they had learnt in school, the children got family and friends involved by keeping watch on their gardens and local nature reserves to record the highest number of each bird species seen outside at any one time.
A wide selection of popular garden birds were observed as well as some rarer species, more often seen in woodland areas – students then took to the online recording survey to share with the RSPB the variety of feathered friends who had paid them a visit.
Originally launched by Blue Peter over 30 years ago, the event has grown in popularity – with over half a million people now taking part in the annual RSPB bird counting scheme, aimed to help assess and measure UK wildlife changes.
Principal Sue Vig said: “We have taken part in this observation event for a number of years which reminds our children of the importance and beauty of nature that surrounds us every day. Our popular garden guests are sometimes overlooked so the Big Garden Watch reminds us of the great variety of birds we’re fortunate to see, as well as celebrating the wonderful contribution they make to our environmental wealth.”