What could be better than getting some fresh air and getting closer to nature?
The Big Garden Bird Watch take place from the 28th – 30th January . This is a nationwide event run by the RSPB and is suitable for people of all ages, making it a perfect activity that the whole family can enjoy!
It’s expected that over half a million people across the UK will be taking part by counting the birds that visit their gardens over the weekend. They’ll also make a record of the other wildlife they see during the year, this helps in providing a snapshot of wildlife in the UK.
Last year more than 519,000 pairs of eyes from all over the UK studied the types and amounts of birds that came into their gardens – counting an incredible 8,262,662 birds. The results showed an increase in most of the top 20 birds compared to the year before. Last year’s most spotted bird was the House Sparrow, but could that change this year?
If you’d like to get involved then you’ll need to log into http://www.rspb.org.uk/ to get your free downloadable pack to get you started.
As well as the free pack, the RSPB site has lots of great hints and tips on how to attract wildlife into your garden, how to make the perfect bird bath, and details of last year’s results.
As well as taking part and studying your own garden, there will be some larger birdwatches taking place too.
Grizedale Forest hold their Bird Watch on Sunday 22nd January between 11am – 3pm. It’s a free event for the whole family (dogs aren’t allowed), and gives you the perfect opportunity to familiarise yourselves with Britain’s garden birds.
Ford Park in Ulverston always hold one too – we haven’t got the details as yet – but as soon as we do we’ll include it here for you.
So why not get closer to nature and get involved?