The Year 3s and 4s took part in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch this week. Watching patiently from their classroom windows they managed to record and identify six different species visiting the De Beer garden within the allotted one-hour time-frame. We spotted blue tits, great tits, robins, blackbirds, dunnocks (which we learnt were different from the usual house sparrows with which we are familiar) and the rather exciting marsh tit. Marsh tits, along with the very similar species the willow tit, are listed by the RSPB as a ‘red list’ species according to the UK Birds of Conservation Concern report, due to their recent population declines. It just goes to show what you can attract to a relatively small garden space by putting out a few feeders!
We would encourage everyone to have a go at seeing what they can spot in their gardens this weekend by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Do visit their website (www.rspb.org.uk) for details of how to join in – perhaps you will see something exciting and unusual too!