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Young twitchers on the look-out for the region's birds

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The region's schoolchildren are on the lookout for garden birds in the RSPB's Big Schools Birdwatch; Photgraph: RSPB Images

The RSPB big schools birdwatch lasts until 23 February

The world’s biggest schools’ wildlife survey is back, with hundreds of children all over Mosbrough, Handsworth, Gleadless and the surrounding areas expected to take part.


The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch is the perfect opportunity for school children to get outside, learn and make their first discoveries in nature. 


Blackbirds, house sparrows and robins are at the top of the checklist for hundreds of school children across South Yorkshire. 


The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch is a chance for children to put down their books and get outside to experience and learn about the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB. 


Last year, more than 850 children and teachers in South Yorkshire took part. Woodpigeon was the most common playground visitor in the county and 96 per cent of schools spotted one during their watch. Blackbirds, magpies and robins all featured prominently in the results, and with over 70 different species recorded, there is sure to be a few surprises in schools around the region. 


Visit to take part in the Big Schools Birdwatch which is running until 23 February.

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