Schoolchildren were making bird boxes this week to learn more about birds.

Pupils of Irthington Village School made them with help from RSPB volunteers.

Headteacher Lynn Harrison said: “36 children from Reception to Year 2 took part in a nest box building activity with the RSPB.

“We made 10 bird boxes and one bug hotel.

“After break we enjoyed a slide show learning how to recognise species that might visit our school field and we finished the day with a fun bird spotting game.

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“Members of the RSPB congratulated the children on their hard work and bird knowledge and in turn the children thanked the volunteers for coming into school and working with them.”

Samantha Poland from Irthington in Bloom said: “Our theme in Irthington for the Britain in Bloom Finals is Nature's Friends and once our nomination had been successful we contacted the RSPB.

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“Their Giving Nature a Home and Nature Recovery campaigns were exactly what we were attempting to achieve as a community.

“We have been offered their support from day one, which we are so grateful for.

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“They very kindly offered to go into school to make nest boxes with the children.”
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