Eagle-eyed pupils count playground birds

The Blackbird remains the number one playground bird, according to results from the RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch.

The survey, part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, involved pupils and teachers counting the birds in their playgrounds during the first half of spring term this year, during which the vast majority of schools reported the Blackbird as number one bird. Starlings came a close second, with Woodpigeon making the top three for the first time this year, jumping three places from number six in 2015, and knocking the House Sparrow from third place. This was despite a rise in the number of House Sparrows spotted.

Another high-flier was the Herring Gull, getting into the top 10 for the first time. Other birds spotted by the eagle-eyed pupils were Green Woodpecker, and Red Kite. The results give a fascinating insight into how bird species are using school properties, as well as helping to inspire the next generation of both birders and conservationists. To read more go to rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch