Belford youngsters become twitchers

The children at Belford First School took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

They really enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in their early years garden.

Pupils at Belford First School taking part in Birdwatch.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils at Belford First School taking part in Birdwatch. Picture by Jane Coltman

Mrs Laidlaw, the class teacher, said: “The children can now recognise and name a variety of different birds. They recorded their findings for the survey.”

During the week, the children made bird feeders and a hide, where they took binoculars to watch their feathered friends each day.

The children now know how important it is to feed the birds every day, especially when there is no natural food for them to eat.

They also read the book The Swallow’s Journey, by Vivian French, that highlights the swallows migration and breeding patterns.

Pupils at Belford First School taking part in Birdwatch.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils at Belford First School taking part in Birdwatch. Picture by Jane Coltman

They painted their own pictures of swallows and wrote descriptions of the birds in their writing journals.

Earlier this term, the children raised money to buy food for the Berwick Wildlife Trust. Mrs Rollo brought an injured hedgehog to school and showed the children how to look after it. She explained how the children could help other injured hedgehogs if they spotted them in the wild.

Pupils at Belford First School taking part in Birdwatch.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils at Belford First School taking part in Birdwatch. Picture by Jane Coltman