We would like to invite you to participate in a survey as part of a final year BSc Zoology project at the University of Reading. Our aim is to increase the interest and knowledge levels of local bird populations in young children in a fun and enjoyable way, but first we are trying to establish children’s current level of knowledge of local birds. Therefore we are recruiting children of primary/middle school age to take part in a short online quiz (5-10 minutes). This baseline data will be used to create a specifically designed workshop which hopes to improve interest and awareness of local birds in children.

If you are happy for your child to take part in this project please complete this survey/quiz with your child. Please complete a new survey for each child in your household. During the identification questions, it is important that you do not give your child hints in order for us to obtain better insight into children’s knowledge of birds. However, parents/ guardians must be present at all times of the quiz.

Data use
The data provided from this survey/quiz will be processed anonymously and kept under password protection as computer files. The information will be used in a final year dissertation project and may be presented in teaching committees and other workshops or publications.

This project has been subject to ethical review, according to the procedures specified by the University of Reading Research Ethics Committee and has been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct. By allowing your child/ children to complete the survey/quiz, you are giving implied consent for the data to be used in the study.

Contact details
For any questions regarding the survey, workshop, or the project as a whole, please feel free to contact:
Student: Sophie Flynn: s.r.flynn@student.reading.ac.uk
University Supervisor: Dr Natasha Barrett: n.e.barrett@reading.ac.uk , 0118 3787022

* 2. What is your child's gender?

* 4. How interested is your child in local birds?

* 5. Would your child like to learn about birds?