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Get involved with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch!

Published: 16th January, 2019

Big Garden BirdwatchThe Big Garden Birdwatch is only a week away. Run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Big Garden Birdwatch, is now the world’s biggest wildlife survey. It’s an annual event which regularly attracts nearly half a million participants and the results enable scientists to monitor the changing fortunes of UK birds and other garden wildlife. Observations collected are analysed by researchers and published in leading journals.

The Big Birdwatch has now been taking place for almost 40 years. With the amount of data collected, Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps them understand how birds are doing. As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year. Garden Bird Watchers have charted the decline of the House Sparrow, the rise of the Woodpigeon, have discovered that urban birds get up later than their rural counterparts and have alerted conservationists to the impact of an emerging disease in Greenfinches!

The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of January every year and this year its 26-28 January 2019. It’s a superb activity to get involved in and a fantastic way to get children engaged with nature. Sign up today and take part!

Get your garden ready by positioning bird feeders now. Henry Street Garden Centre is stocked up with wild bird feeders and nutritious foods like suet fat balls and sunflower seeds, to help attract a wide range of species to your gardens.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is all about enjoying the wildlife that comes to you and it’s really as simple as spending an hour looking out the window. You don’t need any special equipment, just at the end of your hour, send your results to the RSPB to tell them what you saw.

Share your experiences on social media – don’t forget to use #BigGardenBirdwatch.

Happy counting!

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