On Thursday 21st June the whole school took part in our third and final 'What's Under Your Feet' survey for this year. We previously carried out surveys in October and March.
In March the conditions were very wet, but after weeks of dry weather, there was a huge difference in our third survey. There were many less invertebrates to find. But of course, if we are having trouble finding them, so are the birds.
The campaign is promoted by Jointhepod.org
working with The British Trust for Ornithology
Research by the BTO has shown declining numbers of many kinds of birds, which may be caused in part by a reduction in the amount of food available. In particular, the BTO want to know about numbers of soil invertebrates which many birds feed on.
By recruiting schools across the country to take part in the project, they hope to collect a mass of data to analyse.
Once again groups of children from all year groups dug up 30cm squares of turf from the school field, the area by the school garden, and the green space next to school.
The children counted the number and size of worms and any other creatures that they discovered.