B is for Birdwatching

B is for Birdwatching

Getting closer to nature, whether it's in the garden, in a park or the wood is a great way to teach children about plants, wildlife and science.
Activities such as bird watching can help engage your little one with the outside world. Even if you're not well versed in the art of bird watching, the Bird Watching Kit has a handy pocket sized guide on a keyring to refer to.

Did you know that there are more than 500 species of birds in the UK. You could take a pad and paper out with you and help your child to sketch the birds that you see and then look them up online later. That way, you can create an index of the different varieties you have spotted. This will help build your child's powers of observation, a skill which will be invaluable as they grow up. See if you can spot Britain's favourite bird the Robin.  It's fun to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch each year and the results are published on line too.

Learning about birds not only helps your little one to understand about diversity, it is also a good opportunity to teach them about how they can be more environmentally responsible.  One of the RSPB recommendations is set up a bird table in your garden, fill it with seed and watch the wildlife flock to your back yard.  Remember to leave them fresh water to drink, or of course watch the Blackbirds taking a bath.

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