An educational wild bird conservation initiative has been launched for school children. CountryLife Garden Centres have started “Operation WildNation” to help protect some of Ireland’s under-threat wild bird species. The campaign includes a colouring competition focusing on children from first to third class with templates. Full competition details available here.

The winning child or school will receive an interactive talk with author and broadcaster, Éanna Ni Lamhna, and an expert horticulturalist from their local CountryLife Garden Centre. The prize also includes a peanut butter and seed roll-making session as well as vouchers and a wild bird survival kit for the school.