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  • Forum Thread: 'When we do BSBW, we'd really like to see....'

    So, with BSBW being just days away, we thought we'd have a bit of fun and find out a little bit about how you'll be taking part. Complete the following statement, 'When we do BSBW, we'd really like to see....' More to follow over the next few days! Emily
  • Forum Thread: Poll: Have you heard of Big Schools' Birdwatch?

    We'd be interested to know how many people who visit these pages have heard of the Big Schools' Birdwatch, and if you've taken part in previous years. Have you heard of the Big Schools Birdwatch? Yes, I did it for the first time last year (50%) I have heard of it, but i'm not sure what it...
  • Forum Thread: How are you getting ready for your Birdwatch?

    The months of planning and waiting are finally over, and there's one week left to go until the start of Big Schools' Birdwatch 2012! We'd love to hear how you're getting ready for the Big Schools' Birdwatch with your class or group - are you trying something new, or do you have...
  • Forum Thread: small schools that can take part in big nature events!

    many small schools like St.Mary's ce primary school in Kingswinford west Midlands and many other small schools all over the country have and are taking part in nature events like the BBC Breathing places and more schools can join so go to www.BBC/breathingplaces.co.uk
  • Forum Reply: Re: Rodent worry!

    Hi Birchy and thank you for taking part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch [BSBW]. I live in London and my garden backs on to a railway line. I have foxes and rats that regularly appear but neither raid my feeders, which are on poles or suspended from tree branches. As long as you don't put out...
  • Blog Post: A natural curriculum?

    The Department for Education is currently consulting on a new national curriculum for England – you can find lots more information here , including how to respond to the proposals (by 16 April). The RSPB is preparing a written response to the review, as well as coordinating a partnership response...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Abernethy & Insh Marshes achieves its Quality Badge assessment

    Guest Blogger: Elana Bader, Education Officer, Scotland Headquarters RSPB Abernethy & Insh Marshes’ field teaching programme has achieved its Quality Badge assessment from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom . Abernethy & Insh Marshes’ programme was rated as ‘Good’...
  • Blog Post: Connecting young people with nature: Pilot scheme update

    A guest blog by John Kneale-Jones who is currently trialling the pilot programme for young people. John is based at Witherslack Hall School in south Cumbria and has been instrumental in the development of the programme in partnership with the RSPB. He is now working closely with RSPB Leighton Moss where...
  • Blog Post: Birdwatching ideas for 6 - 11 year olds

    The Big School's Birdwatch pack is aimed at primary pupils aged between 6 and 11 years, it can be requested via the 'register now' button on the Big Schools' Birdwatch website . As well as the teachers notes containing all the info you need to participate, the pack itself contains an...
  • Blog Post: Inspired to find out more about birds?

    If your class or group enjoyed counting birds for the Big Schools Birdwatch try extending their learning and interest even further by finding out about bird behaviour and bird song. This months RSPB WildSquare survey is all about listening out for common (and easily recognisable) bird song and bird calls...
  • Blog Post: What's That Bird?

    Big Schools Birdwatch is now well underway, but if you feel that you need a bit more help getting prepared for your birdwatch, why not have a look at these video quizzes that we’ve prepared to test your bird knowledge. The videos were created with the involvement of a local school and one of...
  • Blog Post: Big Schools' Birdwatch update from St Mary's #1

    Many thanks to our guest blogger Colette Cotton from St Mary's Church of England Primary School , Folkestone. Colette has been doing the Big Schools' Birdwatch as part of a larger ' World Birdwatch ' scheme that she runs in school, enabling links with schools across the globe. You can...
  • Blog Post: Start your Big Schools' Birdwatch by spotting us on the Alan Titchmarsh Show!

    So, the Big Schools' Birdwatch starts today at last! We're kicking off the event by going on the Alan Titchmarsh show with the children of the Charles Dickens Primary School, Southwark, London. They will be showing the world their knowledge of birds and what they've been doing in school...
  • Blog Post: There's still time to take part!

    If you've only just heard about Big Schools' Birdwatch for one reason or another, then don't worry as there is still time for you to register for a pack. Follow this link to register, and enter your postal details to get a pack. The registration field will be open until early Monday 30th...
  • Blog Post: Make an orange birdfeeder

    This is a simple activity you can do with your class in preparation for Big Schools Birdwatch, or whenever you want to give your garden birds a little treat. They look lovely hanging from ribbon in the garden. You will need: One orange (one orange makes two feeders) Bird seed Lard,...
  • Blog Post: How is your Big Schools' Birdwatch going?

    We're half way through the Birdwatch now, and it's been our most exciting one so far! As well as lots of people getting involved, and registering for our resource packs, we've had an amazing amount of media coverage. We've been on the Alan Titchmarsh show, and were also featured on Newsround...
  • Blog Post: Thanks for taking part - here's what happens next!

    Thank you to everyone who has done their Big Schools' Birdwatch over the last two weeks! Don't worry if you've been delayed doing yours because of the snow, that's OK as you have until the 17 Feb to submit your results. If you haven't submitted your results yet, then you can do...
  • Blog Post: A new way of connecting young people with nature

    Take a look around, how many teenagers do you see on our reserves (or anywhere else for that matter) actively involved in wildlife? Well we need more, many many more so we are launching our new field based training programme aimed at teenagers this autumn with a pilot programme running in Cumbria. A...
  • Blog Post: Guest school blog: Bird Watch at St Mary’s CEP Folkestone

    Many thanks to our first guest blogger Colette Cotton from St Mary's Church of England Primary School , Folkestone. Colette has been doing the Big Schools' Birdwatch as part of a larger ' World Birdwatch ' scheme that she runs in school, enabling links with schools across the globe. You...
  • Blog Post: Calling all school gardening bloggers!

    Mygrove is The Prince of Wales’s online gardening competition for children. Based upon the principles of The Prince’s own gardens at Highgrove, school children are being encouraged to start their own Mygrove blog reporting about their own gardening efforts. Whether it’s a window box...
  • Blog Post: Don't forget to register for Big Schools' Birdwatch 2013!

    There's still time to request your FREE resource pack for the upcoming Big Schools' Birdwatch, the event starts on 21 Jan and runs for two weeks, so it's up to you when you take part. If you've never heard of the Birdwatch before, then to put it simply, it's a great practical activity...
  • Blog Post: The Urban Birder Lands in Glasgow

    Glasgow’s remarkable wildlife will be the centre of attention next Sunday (February 19) as The Urban Birder, David Lindo, pays the city a rare visit. As well as urban birding, David’s talk will also look at urban conservation issues and what can be done to help our city birds. His book, The...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for winter

    The new Wildsquare survey runs until the 31 st December and is called ‘Preparing for winter’. It's an ideal activity to participate in with your children, class or group and y ou can do the survey wherever you like - in a garden, park, playground or out on a walk with your family. ...
  • Blog Post: Thank you to a wonderful fundraising family

    A HUGE thank you to the Diss family (especially Matilda, Finty and Arthur) for their efforts in raising money for our Birds of Prey appeal ! We were thrilled to hear your story this week, and we hope it will inspire some of the people who visit this blog to get out there and step up for nature! Good...
  • Blog Post: Quality learning

    Earlier this week , Ofsted confirmed it will be changing school inspections in England. This follows the move in January this year to focus inspections on just four key areas: the achievement of pupils; the quality of teaching; the quality of leadership in and management of the school; and the behaviour...