16th January 2012

The world’s biggest bird watch


Hello all and Happy New Year. Following on from last year’s theme of special days and weeks in Britain the Big School’s Bird Watch (a schools based version of the RSPB’s long-running Big Garden Watch) starts today.

Coming into its 11th year, Big Schools’ Birdwatch asks teachers to take their class outside and to watch birds for a total of one hour during the day and to then send their results to the RSPB.

A comment from last years’ activities “We used the information collected to carry out an investigation in maths, drawing graphs, concluding from results and to discuss probability” (Reception teacher, Cambridgeshire).

Nottinghamshire Birds

Teachers could extend these activities and use
OS OpenSpace Web-map builder
in the class to plot their sightings, much like Nottinghamshire Birds.

The RSPB would like to beat the record set last year of just under 90, 000 UK school teachers and children getting involved, which I am sure they will achieve.


GeoVation has just launched a similar initiative at BETT with its Mission:Explore GeoVation Challenge which will ask children to identify a food related problem in their community and think of an idea to solve it. Children in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 who make use of Ordnance Survey mapping can win a slice of funding to help turn them into a reality.