Developer recruits wildlife explorers to help feathered friends

Children and Staff from Priors Hall ALC and Barratt Homes sales adviser with RSPB bird feed at Lake View

PUPILS were given a bespoke booklet aimed at teaching little ones about their feathered friends in light of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch hosted earlier this year by the RSPB.

Different people live in homes of all styles, shapes and sizes and it’s the same for birds, so, children were asked to match the common birds to their perfect homes.

Head at Priors Hall ALC Chris Woolhouse said: “All of the pupils had a wonderful time at the Barratt Homes development, Lake View at Priors Hall Park, learning about the different species of bird.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn more about the nature and animals around them. We would like to thank Barratt Homes for the kind opportunity to get involved in such a fun activity.”

Sales director at Barratt Homes Northampton Alison Raine said: “We were delighted to invite pupils of Priors Hall ALC to our development, Lake View at Priors Hall Park, help find birds a home.

“We have been working with the RSPB since 2014 and we are passionate about nature and the environment that surrounds the communities in which we build so it’s great that we can get the next generation involved in learning about their surroundings.”

The Big Schools’ Birdwatch is an annual event focussed on encouraging school pupils to sit back, relax and spend some time with nature.

Rebecca Munro, from the RSPB, said: “With nearly half a million people now regularly taking part the popularity of Big Garden Birdwatch shows just how passionate people are about their wildlife. Everyone has a role to play in saving nature and protecting our wildlife.

“This event is an enjoyable, easy, inclusive activity that anyone can do and a great opportunity to connect with nature at a time of year when our birds are looking to gardens to get the food they need.”

The event asks people to watch the birds for an hour, whether in a garden or park, count the ones that land in the area and submit their results online at

There are many ways residents can help the birds in their garden, such as providing a regular supply of clean water by using a bird bath, providing nest boxes the birds that you spot during the Birdwatch and putting the right bird seed out this includes flaked maize, sunflower seeds and peanut granules but avoids split peas, beans and dried rice or lentils.