Record number take part in bird survey

Black Star Riders: from left, Scott Gorham, Chad Szeliga, Ricky Warwick,  Robbie Crane and Damon Johnson.  Picture by Richard Stow

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A RECORD number of children in Hampshire took part in the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch this year – and their results showed the blackbird was the most common visitor to playgrounds.

Those who took part in the survey counted an average of 4.1 blackbirds per school.

Last year’s top spotted bird, the woodpigeon, came second in the county, with an average of four per school, while the blue tit took third place with 3.8 per school.

A total of 4,006 children and 295 adults in 58 schools in Hampshire participated in the survey.

Christina MacFarquhar, of the RSPB South East, said ‘We’re delighted that so many schools took part in the year of our 10th anniversary.

‘The survey is a fantastic way to introduce children to the wildlife visiting their school grounds, and it inspires them and their teachers to ask all sorts of interesting questions.’

Blackbird numbers have increased by 88 per cent in schools and were the UK number one this year. Go to rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch