RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – join in and do your bit!
The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place this weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January, to monitor bird species visiting Britain’s parks and gardens.
It’s really easy to join in – all you need to do is count the total number of a species that you see in your garden during one hour over the weekend and submit your results to the RSPB either by post or online.
The RSPB website has lots of useful information on how to take part, including why the survey is important, which birds to look out for, fun make-and-do activities for children and more.
To help you identify the birds you can download a free counting sheet, which gives very clear instructions on how to log how many of each species you see.
You can take part even if you haven’t got a garden or green space nearby – there’s a video on the RSPB website of people completing the survey in all sorts of places.
There are also lots of Big Garden Birdwatch events going on throughout the UK and you’ll find details on the RSPB website. Activities include tips on bird watching and wildlife gardening, activities for children – building nest boxes, making bird feeders and sowing seeds to take home are just a few examples.
Visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch for more information.
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.
My daughter and I took part in the survey yesterday and saw the grand total of…1 blackbird!!! Then my husband sent me a message today saying that there were loads of birds in the garden. I knew they were there, waiting until our hour was up to come out of hiding and eat all the goodies we’d left out for them. Still, we had fun looking up the different birds on the counting sheet and listening to their calls on the RSPB website.