The students of the 5. And 6. Year 1 students of the steigerwald-landschulheim wiesentheid (lsh) took part in the nature conservation organization’s nationwide campaign, the "hour of the garden birds" 2020.
The observations they have collected about the local bird world not only help to identify trends, such as whether certain bird species are declining or on the rise, but the results can also be used to develop conservation concepts for individual species or to look for possible causes of the decline, as the school’s press release states.
House martin surprisingly far ahead
The data from the lower school students largely confirmed the nationwide ranking in the first two places. The house sparrow, or sparrow for short, and the blackbird were also most frequently observed in the lsh catchment area. Surprisingly, the mealy-mouthed swallow moved up in the student observations compared to the bavarian ranking (9. Rank) in third place. This underlines the rural nature of the school’s catchment area.
The following places are occupied by the cabbage and blue tit. The decline of the blue tit, evident from the germany ranking (6.), is due to a mostly fatal disease of the titmice. How individual species can move up in the rankings is shown by an observation in which seven non-breeding white storks (11.) were counted.
A total of 29 bird species were listed. The school’s biology teachers had led the campaign.