Linking to the RSPB Big School Birdwatch this week the children went searching for bird food. Winter brings its own challenges and though the weather has been mild this year, still the variety of bugs about is much less than in the summer months. Collecting mini beasts was a challenge as many burrow deep to protect themselves. But the children were determined, they found an abundance of grubs, only a few legged beasts, mostly woodlice and an occasional centipede. Berries were very scarce, a few dried rose hips but not much else. Buds on the trees are starting to come through though and using identification sheets the children found lots of signs of life.
The children could see why the birds have to work so hard to find food at this time of year and how we can help by creating natural habitats for their prey.