World’s biggest wildlife survey, January 26-28
Now in its 40th year, the world’s biggest wildlife survey is upon us and you DON’T need to have a garden.
About half a million people take part and last year it was so popular, organisers the RSPB ran out of the free postal packs.
All the resources you need are online, as well as news, updates and ideas to get your garden Birdwatch ready. Join in the conversation online with the hashtag #BigGardenBirdWatch.
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It’s full of useful information and ideas for taking part, as well as tips on how to bring in the birds.
As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year, creating a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.
How to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch
- Choose a good place to watch from for an hour during the three-day period (January 26-28) of the survey and have a pen and paper to make a note of what you see (there’s also a counting tool on the RSPB website).
- If you haven’t got a garden, go to your local park.
- Count the maximum number of each species you see at any one time. For example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three – it’s less likely you’ll double-count the same birds.
- Even if you don’t see any birds, this is vital information, so the RSPB can establish whether there’s a problem in your area – or if they are just next door.
- You can include other wildlife, such as mammals and reptiles in the survey.
- Go to the Big Garden Birdwatch website, log your results, or use a paper form, which is free to post back to the RSPB.