Pupils work on bird hide ahead of RSPB event

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PUPILS form a Durham school have been working hard to get a new bird hide ready for today’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

The hide has been created as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project to develop the woodland and riverside areas surrounding Durham Cathedral.

Rachel Faulkner-Walford, boarding housemistress at The Chorister School has been leading the project with about 30 children. She said: “The children wanted to get involved with a community project and we thought that helping to look after the bird hide would be very worthwhile.  

“They are very excited that it will be used during the RSPB birdwatch events at the Cathedral but we also felt it was important for them to do something that benefits other children too.

School children from across County Durham will be able to come and use the hide and it is nice for our pupils to look after something that their peers can enjoy.”

The team of pupils have been going to the bird hide every Saturday to monitor the species in the area and restock the food supplies. Today’s event included arts and craft activities and walks around the bird feeding area.