Children in South Yorkshire to spot the wildlife in their playgrounds

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Children from across South Yorkshire will be peering out of their classroom window to take part in the world’s biggest school wildlife survey.

The RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch encourages pupils and teachers to count the birds in their school grounds for one hour.

The findings will help RSPB experts to build up a picture of bird populations and monitor any changes.

Siobhan McGuigan, RSPB regional youth development officer in Northern England, said: “By keeping a look out and making a note of the different kinds of birds, children will not only improve their observation skills and enjoy a great learning experience, but they will also be encouraged to want to help to give nature a home, which is fantastic.”

The survey runs until Friday, February 13.

n For details, visit www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch