Pupils in a flap over project

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

Pic­tures: DaviD Lown­Des.

NEst­iNg: School.

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)

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