RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch


By Tony Hisgett  CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

I woke up this morning to a frozen landscape, both in the far distance, and in my own garden.  When I looked out my kitchen window, the first thing I noticed, apart from the whiteness of the frost, was a robin pecking away trying to search for food. It did remind me of the difficulties facing our native birds at this time of year.

Then I remembered that it is the time of year that the RSPB undertake their Big Garden Birdwatch. Apparently, according to the RSPB, more than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in 2017 by counting the birds in their gardens.

To take part, simply count birds in your garden or local park for an hour, and tell the RSPB what you see over the weekend of 28, 29, 30 January, 2017:

  1. Choose a time of day that’s convenient for you. There tends to be more birds if you do it early in the morning.
  2. Make yourself comfortable and watch the birds in your garden for an hour.
  3. Record the highest number of each bird species that you see at any one time.
  4. Then answer the other questions from the RSPB pack about other wildlife species that visit your garden during the year.
  5. Let them know what you see.

It is really easy to get yourself organised, just click on the link and download the pack – Big Garden Birdwatch

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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