Hunts children watch birds via school webcam

CHILDREN at Hartford Junior School have been keeping a close cyber-eye on a family of newly hatched chicks via a webcam to their classroom. The pupils have been learning about wildlife and the environment, using a camera mounted in the school grounds to

CHILDREN at Hartford Junior School have been keeping a close 'cyber-eye' on a family of newly hatched chicks via a webcam to their classroom.

The pupils have been learning about wildlife and the environment, using a camera mounted in the school grounds to see inside a Wagtail nest.

Ten nest boxes were placed around the school grounds in February as part of the Government's Eco-Schools Programme and already they have attracted some new tenants.

Teacher Leigh Gray-Thomas said the children had been watching the chicks each day and recording their development.

"The children are absolutely loving watching the chicks. They have been talking about how they are growing and what their parents have been feeding them.

"It is a proving to be a great way of teaching pupils about birds and at the same time helping contribute towards conservation in the local area."

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She added that the school hoped to feature the webcam footage on its website.

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