If you’re planning pottering about in the garden this weekend, or going for a coffee and stroll in the park, then you’d be in the perfect place to get involved with RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
East End Gardener is showing its support by joining in the annual event; all you need is a pen, some paper and an hour to spend either tomorrow or Sunday in your garden or at your local park. The idea is to note down the highest number of each bird species you see on the ground.
If you can’t tell a Greenfinch from a Jackdaw have no fear, you can also ask questions or share tips on the Big Garden Birdwatch community group. To make this easier there is a birdwatch counting sheet you can download and print off from the bottom of this blog post. For iPhone users you can also download a new handy bird guide app – lovebirds.
The RSPB has been running this event for 30 years, helping to create a snapshot how many and what type of bird there are in each region. Sadly, the number of birds that grace our gardens and parks are dropping in dramatic numbers; we’ve lost more than half our house sparrows and almost three-quarters of our starlings.
On the bright side, these surveys help to spot the problem areas and help take the first step towards protecting the UK’s wildlife.
By Krystena Petrakas. Photo by Sergey Yeliseev under a CC license