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Visit the Schools Reports page on the website every friday to find out what schools in the Bird Box project are doing to develop their school grounds and give nature a home.

Would your school like to share what it is doing to promote wildlife? Send a short report and small selection of photos to: phil.bracegirdle@seeg.org.uk

St Augustine's Roman Catholic Primary, Hythe

"A great place to observe and study wildlife"

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St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Primary School is situated on the outskirts of Hythe in South Kent. Approach the school along the long drive way and you will often see rabbits on the school field!

The school joined the Bird Box project in the New Year. Since mid – March staff, pupils and parents have been able every night to watch two Blue Tits roosting in the Bird box. To encourage the birds to stay the pupils in Years 1 and 5 have been researching and finding out what foods Blue Tits eat. To meet their needs food is hung regularly on a tree in the playground close to the outer wall where the Bird Box is situated.

To encourage an interest in wildlife and the environment the school has erected an outdoor viewing /work area on the edge of the playground. Elsewhere close to the boundary with the secondary school there is a splendid minibeast pile and this Easter the Headteacher has created an allotment for classes to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Super work St Augustine’s! Hopefully we will soon see eggs in your nest!

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Bridge & Patrixbourne Primary School

"Look at our amazing bird homes!"

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Bridge & Patrixbourne Primary School is situated just five kilometres south-east of Canterbury.

The school has two bird boxes. One is situated on a wall close to the Year 1 classrooms and the other on an outer wall facing the school field. Presently there are 10 eggs in Blue Tit box one.

Before joining the project to help our pupils recognise common garden birds the school took part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch and the classes went on a walk across the fields close to the school looking for birds.

Pupils in Years 1, 3 and 5 are following events every day in school and at home. Over the Easter period many pupils researched birds at home and pupils in Year 1 designed and made their own bird homes which look amazing!

To learn about other birds one year group are also following the Alderney Channel Islands webcam puffin project. If you too want to follow events on the small island of Burhou this summer just click on the link. http://www.teachingthroughnature.co.uk/

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