Pupils set to dream up bird box grand designs

Pupils from St Marie's RC School are taking part in a national competition which aims to help increase awareness of wild birds.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 5:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 5:29 pm
St Marie's School pupils with their teacher and some of the Wilko team NNL-160315-135446001

Thirty children from the school have been challenged by retailer Wilko to design their dream bird box.

The national winner will get £500 for their school to fund a trip to a local bird sanctuary and the winning design will be produced as a one-off for the school to use.

To get them started, some of the children from year three and their teacher, Sabrina Gorden, welcomed Nazma Majid and Leanne Noakes from Rugby Wilko who dropped off entry packs, along with some bird boxes and bird feed.

The retailer has joined forces with the RSPCA to develop a range of products 
to help the UK’s wild bird population thrive, and also to encourage children to increase their common wild bird knowledge.

Earlier this year, research carried out by Wilko revealed a lack of awareness among school children about UK birdlife.

It suggested a quarter of six-to-ten year olds would not be able to recognise a robin, while 40% had never seen an owl in real life.