How would you like to spend an hour of your day watching and counting the birds in your garden or local park?
Birdwatching is a very relaxing activity and the thing I love about it is that you almost have your own nature show as a result.
And there’s a good excuse to do it on the weekend of the 26-28 January 2019, as it’s time for the Big Garden Birdwatch.
This is the RSPB’s survey – and last year, the RSPB had a very busy time going through 420,489 results of what people had seen in their gardens and reported in.
The survey has been running since 1979, so the RSPB can now look back over 39 years of information and data. This gives them a really good picture of what is happening to our birds and wildlife. If there are species who are doing well, that’s fine. If there are species who are struggling, the RSPB can take steps to put that right.
All you have to do to take part is:
How the RSPB processes your results and everyone elses's
So who were the Top Ten in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2018?
The RSPB think that the numbers of robins and blackbirds were down because the mild winter meant more food was available in the countryside so they weren’t so dependent on gardens for food.
Siskins and brambling numbers were up, and greenfinches saw a 5% rise in sightings.
On the wildlife front, hedgehog sightings were up – they’ve been seen in 65% of gardens in the last year. 72% of people had seen foxes in their gardens or outdoor space. Frogs were seen in over 75% of UK gardens but that’s 17% fewer sightings since 2014.
So please, sign up to the Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 and get involved. You don’t have to do anything really except for spending a joyful hour watching the birds and then recording your results and letting the RSPB know what they were.
The more information we can send in to the RSPB, the better a position they will be in to work out which species need help and how we can all help that species best.
Teachers, don't forget there's the Big School Birdwatch... find out more here and get the kids involved
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