Pupils in a flap over project
HAMPTON youngsters have been getting in a flap after being given the chance to get a close look at a nesting family of birds at their school.
Children at Hampton Hargate Primary School, in Hargate Way, have been able to watch the nest of a family of blue tits thanks to a tiny camera fitted inside a small wooden bird-box at the school.
Pupils have watched the birds making their nest and seen their eggs hatch. The nine birds have been captivating pupils and staff alike over the past few months as the mother has brought food in for her growing chicks.
Now the eagle-eyed youngsters are waiting for the baby chicks to fly out of the nest, spending lessons watch- ing the footage and learning about the birds’ lives.
Headteacher Andy Lyons said being able to watch the chicks as they grow up was a fantastic opportunity for the children.
He said: “The children have loved watching the footage and can’t wait to get the latest updates when they get to class.
“We have put the connection in the reception area of the school, so everyone can come and see it, including visitors.
“It was very exciting for the pupils when the eggs started to hatch and be able to see the changes to the chicks every day has been very en- joyable.”
The specially-adapted bird box was donated to the school for the spring by township developer O&H Hampton, and will be removed when the birds fly their nest –however Mr Lyons said it was hoped that the school would be able to try the experiment again in the future. He said: “It will be sad when the birds fly their nest because they have been such a big part of the school over the past few weeks.
“We have to thank O&H for this opportunity.
“The project has been such a success, we are definitely looking at doing something similar again next year. “The children have got so much out of the scheme in class that we would love to keep on trying it.”
A family of blue tits nesting in a bird box are being watched by pupils at Hampton Hargate Primary (METP-27-05-10DL023, METP-27-05-10DL026)