On Monday 7th October the whole school took part in our first survey of this year for 'What's Under Your Feet?'.
It's our third year taking part in the survey and we will be doing further digs in March and June.
This 'citizen science' project 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 are collecting 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 recent wet conditions certainly made digging easier and resulted in a good haul of worms and other invertebrates which were carefully measured and recorded.