Watch live video inside your school birdbox and observe the birds that visit your school grounds and bird feeding station!
Bird Box 2017 promises to be bigger and better! Last year we invited schools in Kent, Medway, East & West Sussex and Brighton & Hove to join the Schools Bird Box project. In 2017 we are extending the project and offering every school in the Sotuh and South East regions the opportunity to register and take part.
Managed by the South East Eucation Group as part of our See Nature programme, the BirdBox project is an exciting opportunity for your pupils to actively support the RSPB Giving nature a home programme and learn about the many birds that visit our school grounds in the spring and early summer.
Bird activity is not just confined to the spring and summer months. Click on the link to view our See Nature Bird Calendar, and remember a webcam Bird Feeder let’s your pupils watch birds in your school grounds all year round!
Highlights from our 2016 project
New for 2017!
British Trust for Ornithology bird survery programme, and an opportunity for your pupils to exhibit their bird art at local nature reserves
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Bird Survey Programme
This coming year we will be offering schools in the Bird Box project the opportunity to take part in The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Bird Survey programme. Full details about the surveys your school can join will be posted here on the website in early September.
To help teachers plan and integrate these activities in to existing science topics we will be holding training days in January for Kent, Medway and Sussex schools. If your school is not in these areas do not worry as members of our team will be sending out guidance sheets about the BTO programme to all schools in your area in Term 2.
Kent, Medway, Sussex & Brighton Schools – Take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to exhibit your pupils Bird Art work at a local nature reserve!
This November we are holding Bird Art workshops for teachers led by TES Illustrator Dave Chisholm and his wife Josie. Following the workshop days schools will have the opportunity to display their pupils Bird Art work at nature reserves in these counties.
When will the public be able to view our pupils work?
- RSPB Dungeness (Kent & Medway Schools) 29th April – 1st May 2017
- Railway Land Wildlife Trust Lewes (East Sussex & Brighton and Hove Schools 6-7th May 2017
- RSPB Pulborough Brooks (West Sussex Schools) 20th – 21st May 2017
Bringing the world outside in to your classroom
By installing a webcam birdbox in your school grounds, your pupils will be able to watch live as birds make the box their home, build their nest, lay their eggs, and raise their chicks before they fly the nest in the early summer. We also provide a webcam-enabled feeder station, allowing you to switch the webcam from the birdbox to the feeder, and watch birds live as they feed. By connecting your webcam to our streaming service, your pupils, staff, families and the wider community can all watch the streams live online.
Supporting the Primary Science Curriculum
The Schools Bird Box Project supports the following topics that feature in the new primary science curriculum:
Food Chains Observing & Identifying Grouping & Classifying
Reproduction Skeletons and Muscles Habitats
Adaptation Feeding and diet Life Cycles
24/7 year round live streaming, website membership and project support for just £199+VAT
What are the costs?
Purchasing a birdbox and streaming live over the Internet is an affordable option for all schools. Registration to the project costs just £199+VAT for the whole school for your first year, which drops to just £149+VAT for each year thereafter. If you require equipment, we can provide a fantastic birdbox and feeder station equipment package for just £125+VAT, which includes everything you need to get up and running.
All boxes come with installation instructions, however if you prefer a member of our Team can visit your school for a half day to fit the box, and set-up and test your live stream to ensure everything is working. Depending on where your school is, our installation charges range from just £109 to £129 + VAT.
Register for the 2017 birdbox project
For further information on joining the birdbox project, including equipment and installations costs and registration forms, please visit our birdbox project registration page.