The Big Schools’ Birdwatch – Enter our competition

big schools birdwatch

The Big Schools’ Birdwatch – Enter our competition


Get your school involved with the Big Schools’ Birdwatch this winter. The Big Schools Birdwatch runs from the 6th of January – 20th of February 2023 and is the ideal activity that gets your class closer to nature. 


What is the Big Schools’ Birdwatch? 

The RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch is a citizen science project for schools across the UK. It takes place alongside the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s easy to get involved, and most children are excited to participate in this important research. And what a perfect way to get pupils involved and working together. This activity is about counting the number of birds on your school grounds. It only takes an hour, so one lesson or lunchtime is ideal. 

Why not use this as an opportunity to teach children about the UK’s incredible variety of native bird species? 

There’s no need to prepare for the Bird Watch, but if you want to get ready early, you could put up a bird feeder to attract more birds to your garden, giving it a clean after each refill. The RSPB also recommends that you don’t tidy your school garden up too much over winter, making sure there are plenty of seeds and berries available for wildlife to feed on during the cold months. It’s also good to leave out fresh water and keep it ice-free. 



Thank you to Ms Sohal’s class at Wellow House School for taking part in the birdwatch. They had some great photos!



To celebrate the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, we’re having a competition at Hope. We will be picking 2 lucky winners! 

Download and print our worksheet and see how many birds you can find! All you have to do is send us your best pictures below and you will have a chance to win our Birds Behaving Badly book set for your class.  


How to enter

  1. Please complete the form below with your pictures and your details – the best bird photo will win!
  2. Photos can be of any birds you find or of your class participating 
  3. UK entrants only 


Click or drag a file to this area to upload.


T&Cs for competition:

*Competition ends 21.02.23. Winners are picked and contacted 23.02.23. One entry allowed per email and address. By submitting an entry you agree for the image to be used in marketing promotions by Hope. Birdwatch competition is open to UK entrants only. There will be two winners only. Prize includes a Birds behaving badly book set for your school. Once the winners have been chosen, it will be ordered and sent to them by the Hope team. There is no cash alternative. All pictures must be your own work, work of individual pupils or the work of your classroom. A winner will be picked from all entries who have supplied a photo of their favourite bird. By submitting, you agree for images to be shared on our social media. 

<a href="" target="_self">Amber Vaccianna</a>

Amber Vaccianna

Hope blog writer

25 January 2023

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