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  • Blog Post: Guest post from St Mary’s Primary Academy, Folkestone

    Many thanks to our first guest blogger Colette Cotton from St Mary's Primary Academy, Folkestone. Below are Colette's top tips for teaching the Birdwatch in school. It’s that exciting time of the year again for encouraging children to be aware of the birds in our environment and...
  • Blog Post: Top ten birds of 2013 – The Starling

    Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing a series of posts about the top ten birds recorded in last years Big Schools’ Birdwatch. I expect most of these will make an appearance again this year, but will they keep their place in the rankings? We can find out with your help. Register for Big...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2014

    Big Schools’ Birdwatch is approaching (only two weks away! 20th January - 14th February) and as the days start to draw in and the weather gets a little nippy, it is worth considering ways to encourage birds into your grounds and gardens. Colder weather means that birds burn up more energy day...
  • Blog Post: A Bird Feeding Garden

    This is the second of two blogs featuring RSPB Mersehead by Juliet Robertson. A trained primary school teacher and former head teacher, Juliet Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is passionate about enabling schools and early years...
  • Blog Post: A Wonderful Wildlife Garden

    A guest blog by Juliet Robertson. A trained primary school teacher and former head teacher, Juliet Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is passionate about enabling schools and early years settings to provide quality learning and...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Big Schools' Birdwatch 2014

    It’s that time of year again when we ask you to clean out your feeders, make some bird cake and generally have a great time learning about the nature in your school grounds this winter. By participating in Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2014 and preparing your grounds for some feathered visitors...
  • Blog Post: School Children decorate nature’s home

    School children from Weymouth and Dorchester have been working hard over the past months to give local RSPB Radipole Lake reserve an artistic facelift. If you head down to Radipole Lake today, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. The RSPB has been working with nine local schools this year to decorate...
  • Forum Thread: Rachael's placement with RSPB in Youth & Education

    Today is my last day of a ten day volunteer teacher placement with the RSPB in the Youth and Education department, completed as part of my fourth year teacher training. I was instantly made to feel welcome by everybody in the department and given a regular work station, with a fluffy red kite for company...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Reduce Reuse Recycle

    Many of you will be pondering on ‘ reduce reuse recycle’ and how to incorporate it into your teaching and daily routine this year. I thought for this blog I would take a moment to reflect on the importance of Reuse and to give you some examples that might give you some inspiration in the...
  • Blog Post: WildVerse Winners

    Throughout the year we hold fantastic competitions for young people - details of all the different annual competitions can be found on our website . There's a competition to suit every strength, whether it be story writing, creating a piece of art, taking a stunning photo or writing a captivating...