BLACKBIRDS have come top of the class in a survey carried out by more than 3,000 school children and teachers in Kent.

Schools monitored the number of visits from different birds to their schools as part of the RSPB’s big school birdwatch during the last two weeks of January.

A total of 62 schools in Kent took part counting the birds to calculate the most common species in the county.

Starlings came in second place, followed by the black headed gull in third.

Since the campaign’s launch 10 years ago, there have been 70 different species recorded in school grounds with over 110,000 birds counted nationally this year alone.

RSPB birdwatch project manager Faye Mackender said: “The birdwatch is a brilliant way of getting young people interested in nature and excited about what they can see through the classroom window.”