Thetford pupils get their hands dirty for science

Representatives of the BTO in Thetford filming Year 9 pupils at Thetford Grammar School for a video podcast
Representatives of the BTO in Thetford filming Year 9 pupils at Thetford Grammar School for a video podcast
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Students at Thetford Grammar School have been collecting data from soil samples to help uncover the impact climate change is having on birds across the UK.

The Thetford British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) filmed the Year 9 pupils taking part in ‘What’s under your feet’, a collaboration BTO and EDF Energy project, to create a video podcast which will be used online to encourage more schools to get involved.

Dr James Pearce-Higgins, director of science for the BTO, said the pupils were ‘fantastic’ project partners for the BTO.

He said: “Their enthusiasm for getting their hands dirty in the name of science is helping us to encourage more schools to gather data as part of our UK-wide study of soil invertebrates.

“They very kindly welcomed us to join them for their second dig of the year in the school grounds, where we filmed a podcast with them which will be posted on the What’s Under Your feet website hosted by EDF.

“We’re inviting school children to put their questions to the BTO and our expert scientists will provide the answers in further podcasts so sign up your class to become citizen scientists and send us your questions.”

What’s Under Your Feet aims to map for the first time the creatures living under our feet. Many are largely unseen invertebrates which form an important source of food for Britain’s birds but little is known about how many there are, where they are or how their presence varies across the UK.

Schools wanting to involve their pupils in the project can register at www.jointhepod.org/campaigns.