Keeping an eye out for birdlife

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YOUNGSTERS across South Yorkshire are peering through their binoculars to take part in the country’s biggest survey of birdlife.

Many schools are joining the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch – where they watch and count feathered friends in the playground – this month to track bird populations.

Last year in South Yorkshire the most common bird spotted was the starling, followed by the house sparrow and wood pigeon.

The survey has been running for 10 years and encourages children to learn about birds as well as help the RSPB build a picture of bird population changes.

Since its launch more than 70 different species have been recorded in school grounds, ranging from starlings and house sparrows, to kestrels and even pheasants.