Big Bird Watch is underway

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Thousands of schoolchildren in the region will take part in the world’s biggest school wildlife survey this month.

Now in its 15th year, the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch helps to track numbers of birds in school grounds, giving the charity an insight into the wildlife which is doing well and that which isn’t.

Starting this week and running until February 12, the survey encourages schoolchildren of all ages to count the birds in their school grounds for one hour of one day. Each school’s findings help the RSPB’s experts to build a picture of bird populations and monitor any changes.

Last year, 90,000 pupils took part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, revealing the blackbird as the most commonly seen bird in school grounds.