This weekend (30-31 January) is the worlds largest wildlife survey, the RSPB 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch.
The RSPB Birdwatch has been running since 1979, giving 36 years worth of data for the RSPB to look back on. Rather alarmingly, in this time it has shown house sparrow and starling numbers have fallen by 58% and 80% respectively. Declines in bird numbers are worrying but identifying a problem is the first step to finding a solution.
So this weekend the RSPB needs you. And YOU! And you there, hiding in the back, you too.
The Big Garden Birdwatch is really easy and it’s not too late to sign up. Simply visit the RSPB Birdwatch website to download a pack. Then on the 30th or 31st spend an hour watching for birds. Write down the highest number you see at the same time and, once your hour is up, send your results into the RSPB online.
This a great activity to do with the kids. My eldest is 6 and was given a RSPB Birdwatch sheet at school last year and even my youngest, who was 3 at the time, enjoyed spotting birds out of the patio window
If you fancy getting crafty beforehand there’s plenty of info online about making your own bird feeders or simply put out scraps of food you may already have at home…grated cheese, cake (who has any spare cake?! I digress…maybe you do), cooked potato, fruit, pastry, dry porridge oats and dried fruit will all be enjoyed by birds.
It’s a great way to share a nature activity with children and count the wildlife that’s counting on you.
I hope you sign up at www.rspb.org/birdwatch and enjoy taking part.