Youngsters turn to twitching

PUBLISHED: 15:57 09 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

Teacher Amanda Cross with two of her pupils

Teacher Amanda Cross with two of her pupils

PUPILS have been looking at the skies to learn more about birds and how to identify them at Saffron Walden s Dame Bradbury School. The youngsters are taking part in an ongoing Big Schools Birdwatch and were visited by Amanda Cross, a local volunteer from

PUPILS have been looking at the skies to learn more about birds and how to identify them at Saffron Walden's Dame Bradbury School.

The youngsters are taking part in an ongoing Big Schools' Birdwatch and were visited by Amanda Cross, a local volunteer from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds last week.

The nationwide project encourages children to make a record of the birds they see in their school garden and submit their findings to the organisation.

Ms Cross, who is based near Fowlmere and runs the RSPB's Young Wildlife Explorer Group, said: "The children learned how to identify garden birds by their shape, size and their call and took part in a quiz.

"They also took it in turns to take part in the birdwatch outside, learning how to handle binoculars carefully.

"We managed to see three goldfinches on the birdfeeder at one point, and other birds spotted included wood pigeons and starlings."

Ms Cross is returning to the school later this month to talk to the pupils about the plight of the albatross.

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