Coming up on the 25th and 26th of January is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. This is a great opportunity to directly help with monitoring the health of the British countryside without having to leave your living room!
Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That’s why it’s so important to take part in surveys like the Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.
Since the 1970’s there has been a dramatic decrease in the population of most birds commonly found in great Britain, this has been due to many reasons but changes in farming practice for example removal of hedgerows has been a large contributing factor.
Putting out feeders and managing your garden in a way that’s bird friendly provides an invaluable food source and habitat for birds over the winter months.
So if you have a spare hour over that weekend, make a nice cup of tea and settle in to see what you can spot in your garden or local green area! For further details of how to take part, fun ideas for kids, how to make ideal birdfeeders and lots of other info on the Big Garden Birdwatch please visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/