St Mary’s Pupils In National Bird Count

school summer 1School pupils on St Mary’s have taken part in the RSPB’s national Annual Bird Count.

During the lunchtime on Thursday, youngsters used the large meeting room at the Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre as an observatory looking out over the playing field and water meadow.

Jaclyn Pearson from the Seabird Recovery Project joined Children Services’ Helen McGuinness and Kevin Leeman from the Five Islands School to record twelve species, a total of 70 birds.

Jaclyn says that’s “pretty impressive.”

Starlings were the most common with 29 spotted over the hour. The children also recorded 13 herring gulls, 3 woodpigeon, a pheasant and a dunnock.

Pupils also got to smell the wing of a storm petrel, which they thought smelt “fishy.”

The data has been submitted online to join the results from across the country, as part of the RSPB survey.