The RSPB is calling on the nation to get involved with this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place over the weekend of 26-28 January 2019.
Now in its 40th year, the Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds visiting their gardens to help the RSPB build up a picture of how our feathered friends are doing at this time of year.
Taking part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey is easy – simply spend an hour counting the birds that visit your garden and submit your results online.
Last year over half-a-million people across the UK took part, with more than 8 million birds spotted. The house sparrow topped the list, along with some other familiar species like robin, blackbird and starling in the top 10.
This year the RSPB is curious to see how these figures will change following a positive year for some of our resident British birds, such as greenfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit and long-tailed tit.
Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “At this time of the year your garden has the potential to be a vital source of food and shelter for the garden birds we all know and love, from the flock of starlings at the feeder to the robin perched on the fence. The Big Garden Birdwatch is all about enjoying the wildlife that comes to you and it’s really as simple as spending an hour looking out the window. You don’t need any special equipment, although a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake might be helpful. At the end of your hour, send us your results to tell us what you saw.”
The RSPB is also asking about the other wildlife seen in our gardens over the last year, such as badger, fox, grey squirrel, red squirrel, muntjac deer, roe deer, frog and toad, to help build an overall picture of how important gardens are in giving nature a home.
To take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2019, sign up online where you can also find info on birds to look out for and also request a free postal pack – www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.