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IT’S become an annual event which sees thousands of people logging on from all over the world to watch chicks hatching from their eggs.

And now Chickwatch has returned to Ranvilles Junior School in Fareham.

Ranvilles Junior School pupil Jennifer Price with one of the chicks.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (131796-516)

Ranvilles Junior School pupil Jennifer Price with one of the chicks.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (131796-516)

The school started the project in 2009 in a bid to educate children about the life-cycle of a hen.

But it became so popular that’s it’s now an annual event with people watching chicks hatching live on the internet from across the world.

Last year people from across Europe, Japan, Canada, America and Australia logged on with the school getting around 375,000 views.

Teaching assistant Vicky Wigmore, said: ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn in a school environment about eggs hatching and the life-cycle of a hen and then taking it home to have a look on the webcams and share the activities with their parents.

‘Members of the family and the community have been involved by looking online all over the world. We really enjoy it every year now.’

And Mrs Wigmore said she is thrilled to know that so many people take an interest and log on to the website every year.

‘It’s really fantastic,’ she said. ‘And it’s great for the children because with a school environment it’s always great to let everybody else know what we’ve been up to.

‘They find it fascinating. First thing in the morning I always get asked what are we up to and how many eggs have hatched overnight.

‘A lot of children don’t get the opportunity to see that sort of thing happen. It’s nice to have a hands on approach to it.’

And pupils described their excitement at watching the chicks hatch.

Year 4 pupil Kokoro Windsor, nine, said: ‘It’s a really nice thing that they are in school and I think they are very, very cute. Not many schools have chicks so it shows that this is a really special school.’

Year 3 pupil Lily Barclay, eight, added: ‘I like them because we get to see them hatch and I like them when they move. I like holding chicks.’