‘Eagle-eyed’ pupils watch the birdie!

Local schoolchildren have been braving the winter weather to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey!

Fivemiletown Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School, Fivemiletown recently got involved in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

This was a huge citizen science project which asks ‘eagle-eyed’ pupils to count the feathered friends in their playground.

The data collected will provide the charity with a snapshot of how local birds are faring and is a great way to get children connected to nature on their doorstep.

At Fivemiletown Primary School, top spots included house sparrows, blue tits, blackbirds and song thrush.

Meanwhile, there was much excitement at St Mary’s when a flock of more than 20 redwings landed in the middle of the playground!

At this time of year, natural food available for wildlife becomes scarcer and so our feathered friends are more likely to visit our gardens and playgrounds to supplement their diets.

The RSPB advises opting for peanuts, sunflower hearts, suet balls, finely chopped bacon rind and even a little bit of grated cheese in your feeders and on bird tables.

For a balanced diet, still provide your normal seed mix, as well as these fattier foods.

For your free personalised plan on giving nature a home in your patch, visit www.rspb.org.uk/plan

Schools can get involved in Big Schools’ Birdwatch until February 17 by visiting www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch.