Are you ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch, 28-29 Jan?
It's simple to partake in the event which brings critical information about the health and well-being of our garden birds. All you need to do is sit in a window or some place inconspicuous to your feathered friends, and count how many birds visit your garden, yard or feeding area. It's a good excuse to sit back and relax whilst watching wildlife - always a pleasure in our household.
Some preparation is good though, and the following is good practise:
1. Clean your feeders, bird table or feeding area (ideally the day before)
2. Make sure food is topped up and ready for your visiting birds...and don't forget water is just as important
3. If you have binoculars do make sure they are to hand
4. Mug of tea, slice of cake (preferably large) and a packet of your favourite biscuits
Now simply take a pen, paper then wait and watch for 1 hour, and count the largest number of each species that land in your garden (they must land and not be flying over head to be counted). So for instance, if you counted 12 sparrows which landed in your garden at any one time, and this was the largest number of sparrows within the hour, then that is the statistic you record.
You don't even need a garden to take part in the Great Garden Bird Watch, it can be anywhere! Take a look at this link to see how others are participating and recording wild birds - http://vimeo.com/19186654
Click here to be take to the RSPB website where you can register, download recording sheets etc and generally get all the information you need - http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/
We really hope you enjoy the experience and don't forget that you are contributing info that really helps to get a snapshot of the health of our wild birds.
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