Hampshire Pupils get the bug for spotting school birds

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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PUPILS across Hampshire have been monitoring the attendance of feathered visitors to their schools in a major birdwatching survey.

Youngsters from Anne Dale Juniors and Wicor Primary in Fareham, Alverstoke and Leesland infants in Gosport, and Rachel Madocks School, Woodcroft, Mill Hill primaries and Hulbert Juniors in Waterlooville took part in the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch.

The wood pigeon came first for punctuality and attendance across Hampshire, with an average of 7.75 birds being accounted for in 82.5 per cent of schools – more than anywhere else in the south east.

The blackbird came in a close second, and the blue tit was third most spotted bird.

Faye Mackender, project manager, said; ‘This is a brilliant way of getting young people excited about what they can see through the classroom window.’

More than 2,000 local pupils were involved in the annual survey by counting birds in the last two weeks of January.

Nationally, the blackbird was most sighted for the fourth year running.