A UK survey of wildlife in schools has revealed the blackbird is the most common visitor to Cheshire school grounds.
Cheshire schools taking part in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch reported seeing an average of 4.85 blackbirds at each school.
Almost 90,000 school children and teachers took part in the wildlife survey, which celebrated its 10th birthday this year.
Nearly 3,000 classes from more than 2,000 schools were involved – a record-breaking number for the survey.
During the last 10 years the Big Schools’ Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the school bird world.
Since its launch in 2002 more than 70 species have been recorded in school grounds, ranging from blackbirds and house sparrows to kestrels and even pheasants.
Laura Bowman, RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch manager, said: “The Big Schools’ Birdwatch is a great way to introduce thousands of children to the wildlife visiting their school environment.
“Wild birds never fail to enthuse and inspire and the response to our 10th birthday year has been fantastic.”