Big Schools' Birdwatch is a simple bird survey for pupils to take part in and enjoy together.
This activity is about counting the number of birds in your school grounds. It only takes an hour, so one lesson or lunchtime is ideal. The results also contribute to Big Garden Birdwatch – the world's largest wildlife survey. The Big Schools Birdwatch is an annual event that takes place January to February.
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This activity supports the following subjects: Science, Maths.
What do I do?
- Choose an hour time slot during the first half of the spring term. This could be a lunchtime, after school or lesson.
- During this hour, record the birds you see in your school grounds. Record the maximum number of birds you see at any one time.
- Submit your results on the Big Schools’ Birdwatch website at rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch
- Back in the classroom, you could use the data collected to create graphs and link to maths learning. You could also link to science and discuss what birds you saw and how that might be related to the habitat offered by the school grounds.
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or graph to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of your Big Schools’ Birdwatch certificate hanging proudly in your school; or a graph of your schools’ results; photos of children taking part or any other work your school produced whilst taking part!
Get them thinking
Here are some prompts to help with learning:
- Which birds are you expecting to see and why?
- How will you record your survey?