Every year the RSPB organises the Big Garden Birdwatch which is our chance to get involved & help garden birds. It is easy to do, fun & ultimately the information we collect is useful to conservationists & scientists working to support our natural world.
The Birdwatch started in the late 70s and was originally just for young people to encourage them to get involved with nature. However, the information proved so useful that the RSPB decided to get everyone involved & make it bigger. This is a special activity. Good science needs information which is collected in a way that the figures can be compared year after year so the Birdwatch is producing really valuable information.
By taking part you will help the RSPB take a snapshot of what is happening in gardens all over the UK. This information can be compared to snapshots taken over the last 38 years. This can provide an early warning if a bird population is in trouble, we can then take action.
By taking part you can also have fun & spend an hour watching what happens in your garden. The event takes place over 3 days and all you have to do is sit for one hour on one of those days & count the lovely birds in your garden. For those of us who don’t usually pay much attention to birds this is a great way to learn a little about the ones that live close to you. It is also a chance to take part in something important. You will be joining over half a million other people up & down the UK.
The Great Garden Birdwatch pack contains a bird identifier chart & a form to fill in what you see. It is free to order, just click here. You can then either post the result or fill in an online form. EASY!
The Birdwatch takes place from 27th to 29th January (Saturday to Monday evening) You should get involved to learn more about wildlife, help take care of our natural world & enjoy yourself.
Over the years the RSPB has discovered lots of things which are helping conservationists plan their work
- Starling populations have declined by over 80%
- Chaffinch numbers have declined by 57% since 1979
- Pied Wagtail numbers are up in urban areas
- Blue Tit numbers have fluctuated they were down last year but overall they are up about 20%
Over the years the data has shown that each of us can have a positive effect on wildlife. By creating sanctuaries, feeding stations & birdbaths we can all provide homes for birds. Their natural habitats have often disappeared but we can help by giving them new places to live & thrive. By taking part in the Birdwatch you are contributing to some good news & a better future for nature.