Pupils in Lancashire are being encouraged to stare out of the classroom window today at the start of a nationwide bird survey.
The RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch will be running for the next four weeks with thousands of children counting the birds which visit their school grounds and playing fields.
Last year the census discovered that for the fifth year running the blackbird was the most commonly seen bird with 89 per cent of schools reporting at least six. The starling was second and the black-headed gull third.
Carol Bamber, RSPB Education Officer in Northern England, said: “For four weeks schoolchildren are encouraged to stare out of the classroom window for a good reason. By keeping a look out children will discover much more about the wildlife on their school doorstep and become excited about the world around them.”