We're just giving the good folk of Nantwich a timely reminder that it is the RSPB's 'Big Garden Bird Watch' on the 30th and 31st January, 2016!
It's that time of year again where more than half a million people across the country settle down in their window or chosen location to record the nations favourite garden birds. Spending a hour watching how many birds visit your feeding area gives a vital snapshot of the general population in order to monitor increases and decreases of many species of wild birds throughout the UK.
It's a fantastic opportunity to get the young people of Nantwich interested and involved in wildlife - and it's great fun for them, too! Getting children involved in counting and recording the visitations helps to create a healthy respect and appreciation for wildlife for future generations.
Nantwich residents (and our loyal customers) regularly participate in the Big Garden Bird Watch each year and love to discuss the species frequenting their gardens and how many turn up.
There's still time to get your FREE pack or to register online - simply click here to be redirected to the RSPB's website where there is plenty of information etc. to get your up and ready to participate in a very worthy exercise.
Don't forget that Gala Wildlife can supply all your bird food and bird feeder needs for the weekend - all with our FREE LOCAL DELIVERY service. We're always happy to give advice on all your bird feeding requirements - so just drop us a line and we'll get back to you or come and visit us on Nantwich Outdoor Market.
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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