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Children sample nature on doorstep in Birdwatch project

Catherine O'Boyle from RSPB, with pupils from Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain. Picture by Mal McCann

EAGLE-eyed children yesterday took the chance to count feathered friends in their playground.

Pupils from Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain PS got involved in the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch.

The data collected will provide the charity with a snapshot of how local birds are faring as well as getting children connected to nature on their doorstep.

Jess McVicar of RSPB NI said the project gave pupils a chance to find out more about the birds and wildlife where they live and go to school.

"It's fun, easy and simple to take part, it works for all ages, and even on a grey January day you can still get out of the classroom and see a flash of colour," she said.

"Sadly, children are spending less time outside in nature, meaning they are missing out on the positive impact nature has on their education, physical health and emotional well-being.

"The RSPB's Birdwatch is the perfect chance to experience nature first hand, make exciting discoveries and help provide scientists with valuable information."

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