Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Coming Soon to a Garden near You!

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch will bring you closer to nature! 

 The robin, the UKs national bird, is a common visitor to gardens.

If you have a garden, join the other half a million people from around the UK counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 30-31 January. You can also record the other wildlife you see, helping to create a vital snapshot of UK nature.

If you have a window overlooking your garden, then this is an ideal activity whatever the weather! Make yourself a cup of tea and sit and watch what happens in the garden. It's nice to spend that hour just focussed on your garden and you may be surprised by what you see! Perhaps a jay (normally quite shy and elusive) will run up your garden path (this happened when I last visited my parents), maybe a sparrowhawk will dive down and catch a small bird (as happened recently in Crafty Green Boyfriend's mother's garden) or maybe a flock of fieldfares will appear unexpectedly in your street (as happened outside our flat recently).

You can request a pack for the Big Garden Birdwatch here

If you don't have a garden you can join in one of the many events happening across the UK. Find your nearest event here. Or you can spend an hour in a local park and record what you see there.

If you're not confident about identifying birds then the RSPB has these useful pages to help you

Bird guide - a listing of all the species of British birds with photos and sound files

How to identify birds - tips on how to indentify British birds 

Bird identifier - a tool to help you identify unknown species of British birds


Dartford Warbler said...

Thank you for the reminder. They even mentioned it on The Archers today!

I`m hoping that the lesser redpolls will put in an appearance when I fill in our Birdwatch form. They are this winter`s most interesting visitor.

Lynn said...

What a lovely idea!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this is an awesome event. We have our Great Backyard Bird watch in February!
Have fun, I hope you see some nice garden birds.

A Cuban In London said...

Yes, I read about this today in The Guardian's Country Diary. Excellent idea.

Greetings from London.

Caroline Gill said...

Looking forward to the count! Blue tits v. Long-tailed ... at the top of our present garden league.

Lowcarb team member said...

I just love Robins, so pleased you featured a picture of one !

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is a very good event and usually very well supported, I'm sure this year it will be no different.

All the best Jan