EAGLE-EYED bird lovers are being encouraged to scour the skies for a huge bird watching survey.
Last year, more than 1,300 children and teachers in Greater Manchester took part in the Birdwatch.
The starling was the most common visitor and half of schools spotted one during their watch, with more than 70 different species recorded.
Emma Reed, RSPB Education, Families and Youth manager in Northern England said: “Taking part in Big Schools Birdwatch uses just one lesson or lunchtime so it’s really fun and simple to set up, and it works for all ages.
“Sadly, children today are spending less time outside in nature, which means they are missing out on the positive impact it has on their physical health, emotional well-being and their education.
“The Birdwatch is the perfect chance for them to experience nature first-hand, make exciting discoveries, and the results help provide our scientists with valuable information, so the children are helping to make a real difference for wildlife.” [ . . . ]