What's On: Eco Club invites you to join the Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted on: 20/01/2021

Our three Eco Clubs - in the Pre-Prep, Prep and Seniors -  are working hard to help Harrodian become an official Eco School by achieving a Green Flag award. (To find out more about the Eco Schools scheme, please click here.)


One of the topics Harrodian has chosen to focus on, as part of the 'Green Flag' process, is biodiversity and how to promote it at school. Although it isn't possible for the Eco club pupils to continue their work at school the moment, they are still very keen to champion the cause from home. They would like to encourage as many Harrodian children and families as possible to join them in this appreciation of biodiversity, by taking part in a special RSPB birdwatch in their own gardens or surrounding outdoor areas (parks, commons etc). 


The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place over the weekend of Friday 29 January to Sunday 31 January. Taking part is easy - you just need to sign up to the RSPB website and spend an hour counting the birds you see in your garden, surrounding outdoor area or from your balcony and then log your results on their website. 

There are plenty of resources on the RSPB website with pictures to help identify birds, and there are also BBC lessons created by accompany them. To participate, sign up on the RSPB website by clicking here or on the picture below:


Some of our pupils in the Lower/Upper Prep and 13s will be covering this in their science lessons on Friday 29 January or prepped to do so later at home as part of their homework. Our Senior Geographers will be using data collected from a RSPB Birdwatch questionnaire to make a GIS map showing the areas of London/the country that took part. To create a special Harrodian GIS map, they would like you to fill out a questionnaire too, after completing the birdwatch. You can access this questionnaire by clicking here. (the link to this will also be available in pupils' Science Google classrooms)

Mr Hooke and Mrs Locke will be donning their binoculars to see what birds they can spot too! We would love to share some stories and photos of Harrodian families who take part in this event, so please do email us at website@harrodian.com.