How many people can say they can easily identify and name our most common birds? Take some time out, look around and see how many you can identify and, more importantly, how many you can’t.
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How many different species are there of insects and mini beasts, how many common species live in your area of the country, and indeed what is the difference between an insect and mini beast?!
Your school doesn’t have to be in the heart of the countryside to enjoy wildlife. Inner city schools can find somewhere for a bird identification sign. It only takes one tree with bird feeders hung on it to attract many different species.
Every year up to 2,000 schools across the country take part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch. More than 75,000 children get involved, spotting over 83,000 birds. The project aims to encourage children to watch the birds that share their school grounds and to learn a little more about identifying and looking after them.
The Little Schools’ Birdwatch is aimed at children aged five or under, while the Really Big Schools' Birdwatch is designed for 11-14 year olds. The RSPB says the reason it has become so widespread is because it allows teachers to cover large parts of the curriculum as well as inspiring children to get involved in nature.
Check out Innovate My School's Outdoor / Nature Directory for a range of different nature products and services available to your school.