RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

This weekend sees the return of the Big Garden Birdwatch, the annual event organised by the Royal Society of Protection to Birds (RSPB)  to survey our local wildlife.  Now in it’s 36th year this is a countrywide initiative in which half a million people are expected to take part, providing an invaluable picture of how our garden birds are doing and highlighting any problems or trends in population and behaviour.

Blue Tit RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s easy to become involved, all you need to do is register on their website, spend an hour in your garden, allotment or local park making a note of what you see and then give your feedback.

Great Spotted Woodpecker RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

You can of course do this on your own but it’s also a great activity and to do as a family and with this in mind the RSPB have prepared a special pack that can be downloaded from their website once you have registered.  It gives full details of what do including details of how to make some simple bird feeders and fat balls to encourage more birds to visit, pictures to help identification and a sheet to record what you see.  You can even find out how to build a ‘hide’ if you’re really up for some fun.

Starling RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Blackbird RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The event is on the 24th and 25th January and you can register and download your pack here.

You will also receive a £5 discount to use in the RSPB shop.

Follow the event on Twitter here the hashtag is #Birdwatch and Facebook here.

 

The photographs in this post were kindly provided by the RSPB – Grahame Madge RSPB Images.

 

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16 Responses to “RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015”

  1. Claudia January 22, 2015 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    oh how wonderful!!! so many beautiful birds….

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — January 22nd, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

      I could watch them for hours.  It’s been a real treat since having the allotment.

  2. Ness (@JibberJabberUK) January 22, 2015 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    I’ve registered and will be very keenly taking part! I already keep my own list on what visits the garden each month.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — January 22nd, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

      We hope to do our watch on Saturday.  

  3. Mammasaurus January 22, 2015 @ 2:46 pm (#)

    Ooo we need to do this here this year! Off to register now Victoria. Love the idea of building a mini hide too…*gets thinking*
    Thanks for sharing lovely – we must meet up next month xx

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — January 22nd, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

      It’s such a great idea for children, who doesn’t love a den?

      I’ll be thinking of you this weekend. Let’s make plans soon. Perhaps half term? xxx

  4. Sue Garrett January 22, 2015 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    I’ve already registered and spent the voucher. We’ve taken part for a few years now and always note that visitor numbers fall during the Watch weekend – I think this has something to do with the increase in the number of gardens that out food out just for the count, Maybe they could create a slogan to encourage people to continue feeding and putting out water,

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — January 22nd, 2015 @ 5:41 pm

      I’d hope that if food and water is put out for the count and people enjoy seeing the birds they would continue.  Do you not think this is the case?

  5. Gemma January 22, 2015 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    This is on my to-do list for the weekend. Hoping it’s not too chilly so I can hang out of the window with my camera!

  6. Iona@Redpeffer January 22, 2015 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    I keep meaning to do this and every year I forget! Mind you our cat does a good job of keeping birds away!

  7. Kriss MacDonald January 23, 2015 @ 12:53 am (#)

    I’m so glad you’re broadcasting about this survey/event too!! I’ve been busy preparing to watch this weekend with my kids…this morning we saw a pheasant twice pecking away on the ground underneath our rebuilt bird feeder!

  8. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) January 23, 2015 @ 10:30 am (#)

    I have joined this and cant wait for the day of the event =) #hdygg

  9. Sue Garrett January 23, 2015 @ 11:25 am (#)

    I think many see it as a bit of fun for the day. The birds come back after the count which implies that the extra food sources are no longer available. I guess feeding every day is more difficult ifyou have to go to work,

  10. Growing Family January 23, 2015 @ 11:48 am (#)

    We’re taking part in the birdwatch for the first time this year, the kids are really excited about joining in – our garden has never had so much bird food in it!

  11. Stephanie January 24, 2015 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    We’re only around one day this weekend so won’t be taking part – good luck with yours, it’ll be interesting to see the outcome #hdygg

  12. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault January 27, 2015 @ 6:56 am (#)

    Did you do the Bird Count? If you did and you blog about it would you consider joining in with my #AnimalTales linky?

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