What's On: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted on: 21/01/2022


(*photo above taken by Mr Barry Craddock from our Harrodian Transport team)

Calling all Science and Geography Prep school pupils in the 8s to 12s!

Our Science and Geography departments, together with the Harrodian Eco-Committee, would like to encourage as many of you as possible to join them in this appreciation of biodiversity, by taking part in a special RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch with your families in your own gardens or surrounding outdoor areas (parks, commons etc). 


The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place over the weekend of Friday 28 January to Sunday 30 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 to accompany them. To participate, sign up on the RSPB website by clicking here .


Some of our pupils in the Lower/Upper Prep and 13s will be covering this in their science lessons 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).


Like last year, Mr Hooke and other members of staff 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

* photos featured in this article were submitted as part of last year's RSPB Birdwatch.