Big birdwatch gets underway across South Yorkshire

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Schoolchildren across South Yorkshire will peer out of classroom windows this month to take part in the world’s biggest school wildlife survey.

Now in its 15th year, the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch [note 2] helps to track numbers of birds in school grounds, giving the charity an insight into the wildlife which is thriving or not, and providing a great learning experience.

Until February 12 2016, the survey encourages schoolchildren and teachers 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, a record breaking 90,000 pupils and teachers across the UK took part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which revealed the blackbird as the most commonly seen bird. To register to take part, schools should visit visit rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch <http://www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch>