Birdwatching helps South Yorkshire children’s nature studies

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schools across South Yorkshire are taking part in the UK’s biggest annual wildlife survey.

The RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch will survey birds seen on school grounds between Monday, January 21 , and Friday, February 1, and encourages children to become more involved with nature.

Emma Reed, RSPB education officer, said: “A growing wealth of evidence suggests many children have little or no contact with the natural world.

“The Big Schools’ Birdwatch introduces children to wildlife and the natural world.

“It can be the first step to a life-long love of wildlife.”

About 90,000 school children and teachers from across the UK took part last year – and the RSPB hopes even more people will be involved this time.

Schools receive guidance notes, a full-colour bird identification poster and chart.

Since its launch in 2001, the Big Schools’ Birdwatch has expanded and the RSPB now offers the Little Schools’ Birdwatch for children under five and the Really Big Schools’ Birdwatch for 11-14 year olds.