This weekend we will be taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, the world’s largest garden wildlife survey. It’s a great way to get the children involved in nature and helps the RSPB to gain a better idea of the numbers of garden birds in the country. The survey has been taking place for the past 40 years and the data collected has been invaluable for the RSPB to monitor trends and spot if there are any problems. For example, since Birdwatch began it’s shown that we’ve lost more than half our house sparrows in the UK and three-quarters of our starlings. However, we do have 20 per cent more blue tits and the woodpigeon population has risen by 800 per cent! The RSPB are also keen to find out about other wildlife in the UK so are asking us to tell them about which creatures visit our gardens/parks and how often, as well.
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that my eldest is very keen on birdwatching. He loves sitting at the kitchen table at my parents’ house with his bird book, watching all the birds on the bird feeder and working out which is which. He even set up a “Birdwatching Station” one weekend which caused much hilarity…as you can see from the photos below!
How To Get Involved In The Big Garden Birdwatch, 2019
It is very simple to get involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch. All you need to do is visit the RSPB website and download a survey form. Then, either today (26th January), tomorrow (27th January) or Monday (28th January) choose a window to watch from or sit in the garden if it’s warm enough (or a bench in your local park) and watch the birds for an hour. Count the maximum number of each species you see at any one time. For example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three. That way, it’s less likely you’ll double-count the same birds. You can then either submit your results online or post your survey form to the address on the website.
And that’s it! You’re teaching your children more about nature and helping the RSPB at the same time. Happy birdwatching!
Will you and your family be taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this year? Feel free to comment below to let me know how you got on!