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Big Garden Birdwatch - Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan 2016

Author: Kate Towerzey Published: 22nd January 2016 18:31
Robin in a snowy garden 
Why not take part in the World's Largest Wildlife Survey

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is being held on Sat 30th & Sun 31st January 2016 and it is not too late to register to be part of the world's largest wildlife annual survey event:

The worst winter weather is usually in January and February, and the wildlife charity believes that the early start to winter and recent low temperatures will mean that gardens have already been occupied by higher numbers of birds than normal.

Dr Mark Avery, RSPB Conservation Director, says: "Regardless of where they live, or the size of their outside space, people in the UK have been united this winter in their wish to try and help garden birds. As a result, we expect more birds than ever to be recorded in Big Garden Birdwatch, and maybe more unusual species than other years".

Participants are also expected to take part from a wider variety of places than ever before too. People have already confirmed that they will be doing Big Garden Birdwatch from places like boats, old people's homes, caravans, allotments, nurseries and prisons, helping garden birds, no matter where they live or the size of their garden.

More than half a million people are expected to take part. Check out list of the top 10 birds seen in gardens in previous years - which ones will you spot:

  1. House Sparrowbird looking for food
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Sparling
  4. Blackbird
  5. Woodpigeon
  6. Chaffinch
  7. Goldfinch
  8. Great Tit
  9. Collard Dove
  10. Robin

Even Government Ministers have taken part Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment says: "The Big Garden Birdwatch is something everyone can get involved in and I'm looking forward to taking part this year. Our bird populations are a good indicator of the wider health of our environment and the valuable information collected will help us understand more about why birds are in decline and what we do to help them."

The charity hopes that as well as providing useful data to study trends and spot any worrying declines, the survey will act as a reminder that garden birds still need our help for a few weeks yet. The RSPB is advising people to continue putting out supplementary food and water, to attract all kinds of species.

What can you do? Get involved, find out more on the RSPB website

For up-to-date information plus competitions and much more why not follow RSPB on Twitter https://twitter.com/natures_voice and/or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RSPBLoveNature

Rye Meads Nature Reserve Big Garden Birdwatch

If you would like to enjoy bird watching with others rather than in your garden or if you do not have a garden why not get down to Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Rye Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, SG12 8JS on Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 4pm. It is free to complete the survey, but donations for activities would be appreciated. Everyone welcome, suitable for the whole family.

Find out more information on the Lee Valley Park Rye Meads Big Garden Bird Watch go to www.rspb.org.uk/ryemeads or call 01992 708 381 or email debs.allbrook@rspb.org.uk  

Photos by Clara Lawrie, AboutMyArea TA24 Site Editor by kind permission.

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