Big Garden Birdwatch 2019
It is that time of year again and to us it is just as exciting as a new series of I’m a Celebrity or Strictly Come Dancing!
Ladies and Gentlemen we introduce to you (drum roll please)… THE BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH.
Save the Date January 26th – January 28th 2019
Over 38 years ago THE BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH was born through an innocent way to encourage children to spend a January weekend. When Blue Peter promoted the initiative little did the RSPB know 34,000 children would sign up and the event still be part of our yearly bird calendar. What can we say? Us Brits love our birds.
Can you believe almost half a million people now join in with the weekend? The Big Garden Birdwatch has proved to be one of the most effective ways to monitor and track how British birds are feeding, surviving and hopefully increasing in population from year to year.
For example; Over the last few years the weekend has highlighted we have lost more than half our house sparrows and some three-quarters of our starlings, that is a staggering number which may not have been as obvious without people getting involved and reporting their numbers.
On a positive note blue tit numbers have risen by 20 per cent and the wood pigeon population has increased by a HUGE 800 per cent. We personally love the call of a wood pigeon and even though their numbers have increased they are still hard to spot amongst the trees.
Part of a Community
On the BIG Garden Birdwatch weekend, we simply love feeling like we are part of a bigger bird community. Let’s face it, it is not exactly difficult or strenuous to sit in the garden, your conservatory or even your kitchen and note down all of the beautiful birds who visit your garden.
OR like us, you could even sit at your desk at work and keep a note of the birds visiting your green space, we are of course lucky being as we work on a beautiful farm. Keep a notepad close and when you need an eye break from the computer, take a look out the window and note down what you see.
Yes, it really is that simple.
The RSPB have worked so hard to make the weekend as easy as possible for everyone to get involved and thank you to social media it is even EASIER to stay up to date with what is going on and what you can do to help.
You may have even watched the TV commercial on the BBC throughout the Christmas period? That is testament to how big the weekend has now become in the UK.
How to know what you spot!
The RSPB have an very nifty tool in which you can easily and quickly identify what you have spotted and with over 408 species listed on their checker, we are pretty sure they have most birds in your garden covered. Check it out here!
If you would like to learn more about getting involved and the weekend in general, please do take a look at the RSPB website, you can sign up to receive an information pack through the post.
Failing that, grab yourself a notepad and pen and simply use our quick check list above to see how many of the above three birds you can spot. Report your findings online via the RSPB or contact us and let us report it for you!