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Caring for our birds

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, and local Councillor John Robson, are both members of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) so jumped at the chance to present a bird-feeder and sacks of bird food to Mundella Primary School in Meg’s constituency. They were accompanied by Matthew Capper, the RSPB’s People Engagement Officer for Northern England, in what was the latest out of the nine local schools and a children’s centre that have received donated bird feeders within the Park/Heeley Panel area in Sheffield.

 

The project was formulated whilst Councillor Robson was attending a tree planting ceremony at a local community school, which eventually led him to the RSPB reserve in Conwy, North Wales. There he received advice from the RSPB staff about how to attract birds to school grounds. Back in Sheffield John convened a meeting of the Area Panel, where to his evident delight, his fellow councillors approved both the idea and the necessary expenditure. The order was placed to RSPB Conwy who organised the delivery of the birdfeeders and sacks of seed to a central depot in Sheffield, from where council staff delivered everything to the local schools.

 

John Robson commented:

 

“As a RSPB member I am keen to foster in children an appreciation of bird life, and schools wanted to find a way of attracting birds closer to them. Whilst on holiday in Snowdonia last year I visited the RSPB reserve at Conwy and sought the professional advice of the staff. They didn’t know who I was, but cheerfully spent two hours advising me on the types of bird feeders available and, very importantly, the various types of seeds and nuts which would attract different kinds of wild birds, as well as protection from inquisitive squirrels!”

 

Meg said of the project:

 

"The school bird feeder project is a novel idea that has been a tremendous success. Both staff and pupils clearly appreciated the bird feeder and it can only be beneficial to the birds. It will also take the children’s evident interest in wild birds further. I’m sure the pupils will have great enjoyment watching the array of birds that will use the feeder."

 

The RSPB’s Matthew Capper discussed with pupils the different types of birds that could be seen, and how to attract them to their wildlife area.

 

He said of the project:

 

"The RSPB believes that every child should experience the natural environment as an integral part of their education. It was therefore a delight to meet the children and see just how enthused they were by the birds that were visiting the feeders. Land such as school grounds provides a vital habitat for birds and other wildlife. Familiar species like House Sparrows and Starlings have declined by more that half over the last 25 years and feeding birds can play a vital role in halting and ultimately reversing these losses."

Associated Photograph :

Pictured are teacher Mrs Potter, the RSPB’s Matthew Capper, Meg Munn MP, Councillor John Robson with members of Mudella Primary School’s After-School Gardening Club.

Pictured are teacher Mrs Potter, the RSPB’s Matthew Capper, Meg Munn MP, Councillor John Robson with members of Mudella Primary School’s After-School Gardening Club.


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