Top tips for a brilliant Birdwatch
We’ve pulled together some ideas to help teachers make the most of the birdwatch:
- start feeding the birds before the birdwatch. The birds will then see your school as a source of food and make regular visits. This will help to ensure there are plenty of feathered visitors to spot during your birdwatch.
- set up some feeders in a convenient place near your classroom window
- make a ‘hide’ using large sheets of paper stuck to the inside of the windows, with eye slits to peep from. Decorate and make it into a comfortable and colourful birdwatching area
- watching in the morning will get better results than later in the day. Children may be more alert, and birds can be more obvious at feeding stations.
- put out different sorts of food in different feeders and see which birds prefer what. How are their beaks, body shapes, feet and ways of feeding different and adapted to the different foods they like to eat?
- think about having a special ‘Bird breakfast day’ or ‘Bird breaktime’ where the children can eat fresh and dried fruits, seeds and perhaps cheese like the birds do, while they are watching!
- make bird cakes with seeds and lard, and feeders from recycled bottles
- do the birdwatch twice, morning and afternoon, compare the results and make comparison graphs
- is there a visitor who can come and talk to the children to fire their enthusiasm for birds (parent, grandparent or member of an RSPB local group). Visit rspb.org.uk for links to RSPB local groups who may be able to help in your area
- visit rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch for instructions on how to make bird cake and recycled feeders.
- finally, don’t forget to send in your results using our online interactive class activity, found at rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch Your results are important to the RSPB and you’ll be entered into our prize draw.
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