Students get their ducks in a row for the Big Garden Birdwatch

  27 January, 2023

Song thrush
Song thrush. Photo © Jason Keyse

Students at Ormiston Rivers Academy have been preparing for the Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of January.

Together with the help of the academy’s cooking group, the environmental group has increased the number of feeders in the academy’s wild meadow, refilling coconut shells with bird food mixed with lard. The feeders will help to attract more birds to the garden, in turn sustaining local wildlife.

Last year, the group managed to spot a wide variety of birds, including starlings, blackbirds, magpies, wood pigeons, sparrows and more. They are hoping to replicate their success this year and identify an even greater number of different birds.

The annual Big Garden Birdwatch takes place across the UK and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). It is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, and in 2022 nearly 700,000 people took part, counting 11 million birds in total. This year’s Birdwatch takes place on 27-29 January, and pupils will spend an hour counting the birds on Friday 27 January. 

Jo Williams, principal said: “We’re delighted that once again our students are showing tremendous enthusiasm for the Big Garden Birdwatch – we’re hopeful that this year we’ll be able to spot more birds than ever before.”

“It’s very important to us all that our students are immersed in their local environment and recognise the value of supporting and investing in natural habitats. We’re lucky to have a student body that is passionate about the environment and continue to help these initiatives to flourish.

Sign-up for the Big Garden Bird Watch 2023 here.

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