Hampshire’s top birds revealed from watch

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GULLS and pigeons dominate Hampshire’s schoolgrounds and parks according to the results from a bird survey.

More than 2,250 pupils and teachers from 52 schools across Hampshire counted birds in their schoolgrounds.

They counted for one hour during a two-week period, as part of the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

Their sightings revealed the black-headed gull was top of the class, closely followed by the woodpigeon and then the blackbird.

These findings will also contribute to the results of RSPB’s annual wildlife Big Garden Birdwatch.

Don Fuller, RSPB south east youth and education officer, said: ‘It’s encouraging so many children and teachers continue to take part, especially given the heavy snow and freezing temperatures that hit many parts of the country earlier this year.

‘Children have fewer opportunities than ever to explore the world around them and get close to nature, but the Birdwatch gives them that.

To join next year, visit rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch.