A discussion about what attracts birds to live in towns and cities. Some live in green spaces, others make their homes in buildings and many are attracted to leftover food. The numbers of some species are falling, but providing food and habitats in your home or garden can help preserve them.

This clip is from:
See You See Me, Urban Birds
First broadcast:
24 January 2008

Students could use this clip to explore how birds have adapted their physical and behavioural characteristics to live in towns and cities. They could discuss how each of the three basic needs of birds, as described in this clip, can be provided by urban areas. They could research how birds build a nest and how they use buildings and houses as part of their nests. A labelled diagram could be drawn of a bird nest in a building.

Students could also be asked to consider why declining bird populations in towns and cities is a bad thing. They could think of all of the jobs that birds do that would be lost without them and explore interdependence. Students could then recap the advice given by the expert in this clip as to how we can help save the bird population in towns and cities. Students could take on some of this advice and make bird feeders which could be placed around the playground. Bird feeders could be made by pushing wooden spoons through plastic bottles filled with seeds with a hole for the seeds to fall onto the spoon scope, making birdseed biscuits or pipe cleaner bird feeders using hoop-shaped cereal.

Bird feeders will hopefully attract birds to the playground and students could then use bird spotting cards to identify their new visitors. A further activity could be for students to make their own bird spotter display by drawing different birds in the local area.