Something worth crowing about

Blue Tit

Blue Tits are beautifully coloured birds found throughout Britain

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.

Birdwatch Counting Sheet

By Krystena Petrakas. Photo by Sergey Yeliseev under a CC license

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4 responses to “Something worth crowing about

  1. Would be lovely to see blue tits in the garden. We are a bit different in northern Ireland. Tons of sparrows and starlings, couple of blackbirds and the odd goldfinch which is always lovely to see 🙂

    We seem to have discouraged the masses of cats from our garden that roam the neighbourhood desecrating the local bird population so it’s a bit of a safe haven for them.

  2. How do you get rid of the roaming cats? I’ve got two cats who regularly have a mosey round in mine, but it scares away all the birds (and it frightens my housemate’s rabbit to death)!

    • We got 2 dogs! Lol

      Before that we’d heard – and this sounds crazy! – lion urine scares them off…. So we were gonna ask for compost from the zoo which might have worked! Not tried and tested though 🙂

      Be nice to know how anyone else manages

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