The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch has grown from humble beginnings in 1979 to now be the largest wildlife survey in the world!
And if you live in the UK, you can get involved very easily. All you need to do is to watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour during the weekend of 26 - 27 January and record what you see. Full details are here.
If you aren't confident about identifying the birds that you see, the Big Garden Birdwatch website has a useful id chart or you can visit the bird identification pages of the main RSPB website.
I know that many people reading this blog love birds as much as I do, they bring colour and life into gardens all year round. The Big Garden Birdwatch offers the chance to get to know your garden birds better and also to feed your observations into the national survey. Over half a million people now regularly taking part, which combined with
over 30 years worth of data, means that Big Garden Birdwatch enables the RSPB to monitor
trends and to understand how birds are doing in the UK.
So make yourself a cup of tea, pull your chair up to the window, get your binoculars out and start counting!
And if you are interested in recording your bird sightings all year round, then you can enter them onto Birdtrack.
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