This year the RSPB is once again holding its huge bird survey, the Big Garden Birdwatch and as we are having to stay home anyway, it’s well worth setting aside an hour of your time to play your part.
The premise is really simple. Choose any hour of the weekend between 29 and 31 January. Count the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony. Keep a running total on the printable ID sheet you can get from the RSPB website, and submit your results online or via post. The RSPB will collate the results, and you will have contributed to the most comprehensive review of the number and variation of species of birds across the country.
Later in the year the results will be published and we will be able to see the top ten species of bird in the UK. It enables conservationists to spot successes and also problems that will need to be addressed.
Last year over 8 million birds were counted by participants. The results were as follows:
1. House sparrow
3. Blue tit
7. Great tit
9. Long-tailed tit
If you are taking part this year and are fortunate enough to have a garden, consider leaving plenty of food out on the preceding days as well as on the day itself to attract as many birds as possible to your garden. It’s always important to have a source of drinking water. (a tub or pot which collects fresh rainwater is perfect)
There are lots of tips on how to make your garden ready here
One thing I have noticed from taking part in previous years is the calm that comes with slowing down and noticing nature with no distractions for a full hour. This is a really good exercise in mindfulness.
If you have an hour to spare, please consider playing your part.
Enjoy your birdwatching!
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