Bervie pupils help the RSPB

THE pupils of Bervie class 2/3 are pictured with Claire Marsden and their class teacher, Mrs Aileen Weir.
THE pupils of Bervie class 2/3 are pictured with Claire Marsden and their class teacher, Mrs Aileen Weir.
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CLASS 2/3 at Bervie Primary has been taking part in the RSPB’s Schools Go Bird Friendly scheme.

The youngsters performed a play about the origins of the RSPB and also sold pin badges, raising £260 for the organisation.

For their efforts, the Bervie pupils were asked to name a one-year-old Red Kite and they duly named it “Bervie Boy”.

Claire Marsden, Bird Friendly Schools Project Officer visited the school last week to receive a cheque. She in turn presented the pupils with a certificate in recognition of their efforts in raising the money, a picture of their Red Kite and a certificate showing that they have “adopted” the bird.

Over 1,800 children in 70 schools across Aberdeenshire and Moray have become “Bird Friendly” this year with the help of the RSPB.

The Bird Friendly Schools programme is a community based project that aims to provide first-hand experience of nature through both classroom activities and outdoor learning and the initiative has been a great success in its first year.

The initiative is delivered by trained volunteers, who visit their schools several times over the course of the academic year. They provide the schools with a nest box, birdfeeders and food and help the children learn about birds in their local area.

Claire Marsden said: “The aim of the initiative has been first and foremost to inspire children about the wildlife around them. Our volunteers provide the children and their teachers with lots of information about the birds, but they also try to make things fun.”

Demand for the project from schools has been very high, so much so that the RSPB has been able to extend the project for another academic year - 2011-12. any teachers who wish to take part should get in touch with Claire on 01224 624824 or email Claire.Marsden@rspb.org.uk