Tremaine Bilham, RSPB Scotland Education Officer said: “Big Schools' Birdwatch is a fun and accessible way for children of all ages to engage with the nature around them by taking part in a citizen science project. It's important for children to get outside and learn about their local wildlife, and this offers pupils a flexible opportunity to learn outside the classroom. The data your class collects will feed into a national data set that will directly impact the conservation work we do at the RSPB.”
“Nature can have a positive impact on physical health, wellbeing, and education. Big Schools' Birdwatch is an amazing opportunity for offering these experiences to young people”
The Big Schools Birdwatch is a free activity and only takes an hour to complete. Teachers can pick any day during the first half of the spring term to take part, with the flexibility to run it as a one off or as the centrepiece of a cross-curricular study, project work or a way for the children to improve their outdoor space.
Many schools prepare for the event in advance by taking measures to give nature a home in their school grounds, such as putting up feeders and nestboxes and making bird cake. Seeing and counting the birds coming to their feeders during the Big Schools Birdwatch is the perfect reward for their efforts.
To take part in the Birdwatch and help the next generation of children start their own wildlife adventure, visit rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch.
The Big Schools' Birdwatch is the school version of the Big Garden Birdwatch – the world's biggest garden wildlife survey. The event will take place over three days on 26, 27 and 28 January 2019 and further information can be found on the RSPB website rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.