Big Schools' Birdwatch
Thanks for taking part in Big Schools' Birdwatch! Our scientists are busy crunching the numbers to bring you all the results in March.
Every year, educators from every corner of the UK take part with their classes. There's plenty of flexibility to run it with any age group of children and we have resources to help.
The 2016 survey is closed now while we analyse all the data to bring you the national results in March! In the meantime, why not make charts and graphs with your data?
More things to do
Counting sheet for ages 7-11
We’ve made Big Schools’ Birdwatch easy with this simple results sheet for your class to use.
The parts of a bird
Learn all about the different parts of a bird, with added colouring-in fun.
Pine cone lardy seed feeders
Your class will love getting their hands dirty making pine cone bird treats to hang up outside.
Let's make charts and graphs!
You and your class can do wonderful things with your Big Schools' Birdwatch results. If you haven't taken part, don't worry - you can borrow our data.
Watch our video on taking part
Big Schools’ Birdwatch. A class of children gets ready to go outside and count birds in their school grounds. Janine Holmes, Year 3 teacher: “The children had a really good time today and I think actually the staff had a good time. I had a TA [teaching assistant] out with the children and she came back in, all excited, to say that they’d spotted a particular bird that she didn’t think they’d see on the grounds.” Outdoors, children fill in Big Schools’ Birdwatch sheets, writing in how many birds they’ve seen. They look around with binoculars. “Getting involved with the RSPB was a way to show the children how much nature we do have around here. And actually, just after this afternoon, I’ve had a few TAs and teachers ask me, ‘Oh, what did you find? Did you find much? You found 16 species of birds?’ They were really very surprised.” Back in the classroom, the class completes an activity. “The different activities that we did fit in really well with the curriculum, particularly the science and geography. They also had some art and craft activities going in here, and then making bird food, using lard and seeds – lots of stuff that’s very messy but the children really enjoyed.” Children enjoy pressing a mixture of fat and seeds into pine cones to hang up outside for the birds to eat. “At the end of the day, I just asked the children how they found it and what was their favourite activity. And the vast majority of them, their favourite thing was that they could identify birds by sound, not by sight. I think most of them didn’t realise that birds have different sounds, and that they could figure out what a bird was without even seeing it.” Children return to their classroom after enjoying being outside doing Big Schools’ Birdwatch.
Fun activities for your class
More for teachers
What’s that bird?
Try our interactive bird identifier tool. It’s fun and easy to use, so don’t worry if you’re not a bird identification expert!
Working with teachers
We're passionate about getting young people outside and experiencing nature. We'd like to support your teaching with relevant resources and ideas.
Free outreach visits
We've teamed up with Aldi to connect young people with nature. We'd love to come to your school to work with your pupils in your school grounds.
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