This year’s RSPB bird watch takes place over the weekend of the 30-31 January and is expected to draw over half million people into their gardens to take note of which birds they can see. The great thing is that anyone can take part regardless of age and physical ability. If you have young children it’s also great way to get them into the garden and introduce them to the importance of looking after our bird population.
So what type of birds can we look out for?
The 10 top birds in this order are: House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Blue tit, Wood pigeon, Chaffinch, Robin, Great Tit, Goldfinch.
An insight into some of the stats:
Blackbirds – they were spotted in 90% of the gardens
Robins – 85% saw them in their gardens
Wrens - Twice as many people spotted wrens in their gardens
Song thrush –sightings of these are at an all time low
Greenfinches numbers have dropped - to help these birds you need to regularly clean your bird tables, feeders and baths to prevent disease
Starling – numbers have fallen dramatically since the Birdwatch first started in 1979 –by 80%
To take part in this year’s Garden Watch you can download the free pack.
How you can help our feathered friends?
You can help support some of the great work carried out by the RSPB by becoming a member, which costs £4 a month. The organisation state that they spend 90% of their net income on conservation, public education and advocacy.
Visit the RSPB’s website packed full of ways in which you can help to protect and feed birds in your garden.