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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: Five reasons to participate
If there's one huge advantage of the winter season in the garden, it's birds! It's such a great time to see these feathery friends without too much undergrowth or cover obstructing the view. Attract birds to your garden by leaving out some food and water and you'll be amazed just how quickly they flock to your patch. There's no better season to start feeding birds, just in time to participate in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place from 28-30 January. Start feeding now to ensure you have a regular flow of visitors before you need to record them.
Why should you bother with birds ? Here's your starter for five:
- Your actions can actually help to keep individual birds alive through the winter.
- You are likely to learn a considerable amount about birds, nature and the environment.
- Once you have 'tuned in' to your garden wildlife, you'll learn to see and notice a lot more going on around you.
- You'll have a topic of discussion which could be a useful social tool.
- You should feel healthier, both emotionally and physically. Gardens are good for you!
What's more, your new interest in birds could see you joining in with all sorts of activities. Apart from the RSPB, there are many bird and wildlife groups who meet for walks and talks across the UK. Some of them even go on holiday together!
You never know where the topic of birds might lead.A lady using her Hastings beach hut last year, for example, was amazed to find a red-footed booby bird that looked very sad and sorry for itself on the East Sussex beach. She called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue, who collected the bird and took it to the RSPCA for some intensive care. The lady who found the booby became a minor celebrity - and the rare bird has recently been flown 5000 miles home for Christmas, courtesy of British Airways. Norman, as the bird was named, is thought to have hitched a lift on a boat and is the first red footed booby to have ever been recorded in the UK.
How to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
Register for your free pack at www.rspb.org.uk. It's full of fascinating facts, tips and advice. The birdwatch has been taking place since 1979 so there is now 37 years of data to compare against. It has revealed that numbers of greenfinches are down by 66%, starlings have declined by 81% and song thrush numbers have dropped by 70%. Numbers of goldfinches have risen by 89% and the long tailed tit numbers have increased by 44%.
The Big Garden Birdwatch pack gives different recipes for bird feeding products that you can use in order to temp these creatures into the garden. It also provides an identification and recording sheet on which you can record your findings.
Here's the top ten garden birds from last year's RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch:
- Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Long-tailed Tit
Goldcrests, the latter of which is Britain's smallest bird together with the Firecrest.Last year, the January mild weather allowed a greater number of small birds to survive the winter. This explained the increase in the number of long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits and
Other willdlife visitors in gardens
The garden birdwatch also allows people to record sightings of other wildlife too. The most commonly seen visitors are grey squirrels, then foxes, followed by hedgehogs and even stoats and red squirrels.
pollen-rich plants for bumblebees to a small pond hosting a whole range of different species. It's never too soon to plan ahead. Give nature a home where you live and make your outdoor space irresistible to wildlife.The message from the RSPB is this: Gardens cover an estimated 10 million acres in the UK a space bigger than all the country's nature reserves combined. Each green space can make a difference, from a window box full of