Year 5 girls joined Dr Parker in walking around school grounds to spot, count and record different species of birds as part of College Watch, Thornton’s ongoing Environmental Data Logging Project.
The orchard proved to be a very good location, as the girls recorded blue tits, long tail tits, robins, blackbirds and wood pigeons. Squirrels were quite rightly ignored!
Inside the Bursar’s office was also an excellent vantage point, with a bird feeder and fat balls outside the window attracting a constant queue. A greedy nuthatch was particularly keen to eat, making several visits to the feeder in only two minutes.
The survey was well timed, as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is conducting its annual, nationwide, Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend.