YOUNGSTERS are helping their feathered friends this autumn.
The Year 6 class from East Boldon Junior School, North Lane, took part in the RSPB’s Feed the Birds day, which aimed to get people to think about what they can do to help birds throughout the cold months.
The pupils, aged between 10 and 12, held a school assembly about garden wildlife, wrote poetry and painted pictures about birds.
One of their major tasks was to make hundreds of feeders to hang up in the school yard and their own gardens.
“The class put so much effort in and had a great time,” said teacher David Hall.
“It gave them a chance to find out a lot more about birds than they knew before.
“When I first mentioned the Feed the Birds day they weren’t sure about it, but now I have a whole class of bird lovers.”
The children made bird feeders out of acorns, dipped in lard and covered in seeds.
Mr Hall added: “The feeders are so simple, but a great way for them to do something that will really help birds throughout the autumn and winter.
“There is going to be another harsh winter, so the more we can do the better.
“It was great seeing the class so excited about something, and it shows how easy it is to do something positive.
“Hopefully other schools will get involved and we can really make a difference in South Tyneside.”
More than 170,000 people were thought to have taken part in Feed the Birds on Saturday, which coincided with the clocks going back and the weather getting colder and darker.
For more information on helping birds in your area, visit www.rspb.org.uk.