World's biggest wildlife survey begins

Children across Wales are taking part in the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch. It's a survey that helps to track bird numbers and gives an insight into bird populations.

Live updates


Welsh schoolchildren begin Big Schools' Birdwatch

Children at Llangan Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan learn how to spot birds Credit: Sarah Powell/ITV News

"Seeing it first hand is the single best way to enthuse young people about nature, and by watching birds from their classroom window, they can learn so much" says Tim Wort from RSPB Cymru.

"It's fun, easy and simple to set up, it works for all ages, and even if it's a dull, rainy January day you can still gaze out of the classroom and see a flash of colour."

Children are encouraged to note down birds they see at any one time Credit: Sarah Powell/ITV News

Schools take part in worlds' biggest wildlife survey

The blackbird was the most commonly seen in school grounds, with 89% of schools seeing an average of 6 Credit: RSPB

From today, children in Wales will be taking part in the world's biggest school wildlife survey.

The survey helps to track bird numbers and gives an insight into populations, with the results contributing to the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch - the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Last year, over 4,500 pupils and teachers across Wales counted the birds in their school grounds, discovering the Blackbird to be the most commonly seen.

It was followed by the Starling in second place, and the Black Headed Gull in third.

The starling was the second most common Credit: RSPB


Back to top

Latest ITV News reports