After a busy festive period, when the weather often drives us indoors and our eyes are almost square from an over proliferation of Christmas TV, it’s a great time to take the opportunity to move our attention away from the inside of our homes, and direct it gently to the wild world outside our back doors.
On 30th and 31st January, the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, kicks off. Over the 37 years since it began, the many millions of results sent in by the likes of you and I have provided valuable information about the changes in numbers of birds using our gardens in winter, helping us to understand how important our gardens are for protecting wildlife.
All you need to do to take part is grab a cuppa and position yourself comfortably in front of a window with a good view of your garden. Keep your eyes peeled and take a note of all the birds you see visiting your garden during one hour, and then submit your results to the RSPB.
As well as counting our feathered friends, the RSPB is also asking us to log some of the other wildlife we see in our gardens such as hedgehogs, foxes, stoats and squirrels.
To sign up for your free Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 pack and to record your results, visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.
If you’d like to get your garden ready for the birds and hone your wildlife spotting skills in advance of the Big Garden Birdwatch why not visit RSPB Minsmere nature reserve for some expert advice?
RSPB Minsmere’s Big Garden Birdwatch garden bird festival takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January, from 10am until 3pm. This is a free event, however normal reserve entry fees apply; some activities may have a small charge.
The team at Minsmere will help you to get ready for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch. Join us to learn more about which bird food and feeders to put out, and for tips on watching and identifying your garden birds. Make a bird feeder of your own, and get some practice in by counting the birds visiting our feeders.