YOUNGSTERS are eagerly anticipating the hatching of eggs laid by a bird at their school.
Children at Stamshaw Junior School, in Tipner Road, Tipner, have been keeping a close eye on 10 eggs which were laid by a female blue tit in a bird box towards the end of the Easter break.
They have been monitoring any movements in the eggs on a flat-screen television and a laptop which is linked up to a webcam inside the box.
The beginnings of new family life were spotted when a blue tit - which students have named ‘Hope’ - built a nest inside the box at the beginning of the Easter holidays. The box was set up in the school’s grounds 18 months ago to help the children in their learning of different habitats. Normally blue tit eggs hatch between 14 and 16 days after they have been laid.
Stamshaw Junior School headteacher Simon Cattermole said: ‘It’s a very exciting time because all the children are looking forward to the eggs hatching.
‘Not only does this improve the children’s learning, it shows off our technology and how it can be used for quality purposes. We have adjusted one of our CCTV cameras so the children will be able to watch the new chicks make their first flight.’