Bird-watching takes flight at Portsmouth school

KEEPING WATCH Langstone Junior School in Copnor has transformed a room into a bird-watching room.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120210-4)
KEEPING WATCH Langstone Junior School in Copnor has transformed a room into a bird-watching room. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120210-4)
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BIRD-watching is catching on at a Portsmouth primary school that has set up a special room to make a survey of their winged neighbours.

Youngsters at Langstone Juniors have been taking it in turns to enter a blacked-out ‘bird hide’ equipped with binoculars, reference books and recording materials to chart the variety and number of birds around their school.

Their mini survey is all in aid of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which is collecting data to find out more about local wildlife.

And so far at Langstone there has been no shortage of gulls, magpies and blackbirds.

Teacher Sarah Cutler said: ‘The children see these birds all the time, but now they are analysing them much more closely through their binoculars and finding out lots of interesting information about them – like how common they are and what they eat.

‘They’re doing fantastic work and excited to be contributing to an important survey.’