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Pigeons out on top in school survey.

BUDDING twitchers have found that the woodpigeon is the most common visitor to schools in Birmingham.

More than 4,000 schoolchildren and teachers spent a fortnight keenly counting their feathered friends as they dropped by the playing fields in 78 schools.

The pupils found that the woodpigeon topped the table with the black headed gull in second place and the old crafty magpie stealing third position.

Across the UK a total of 83,792 birds were counted as part of the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch between January 18 to February 1. Laura Osborne, 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 this year's survey has been fantastic with many schools now running it as a whole school project."
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Date:Mar 23, 2010
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