The RSPB’s Great Garden Birdwatch 2017

Peter McNish

What is the Big Garden Birdwatch?

The Big Garden Birdwatch is a great way of helping the RSPB build a picture of all our garden wildlife across the UK. It means, as a nation we can get involved and identify what wildlife is in danger - and what is thriving.

So with Christmas less than a fortnight away, it’s never too early to start thinking about the wildlife you’ll be watching in your garden for 2017s biggest birding event

Last year, over half a million of us counted a staggering 8 and half million birds. With 2016 being such a roaring success, the RSPB promises this year will be bigger and better! In fact, the RSPB have provided an entire extra day to count all the birds and wildlife in our gardens over the weekend at the end of January.

For the first time, this three-day birding bonanza will take place over Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th January.

Rupert Masefield from the RSPB said “This time around I can look forward to a nice relaxing hour on Monday afternoon spent watching the garden birds out of the window and unwinding after the weekend – perfect.”

Get your garden bird ready now!

Although this Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of January, you don’t have to wait till then to make a mini wildlife sanctuary in your garden

The more you do now, the more you will be doing to help the birds thrive, especially in this cold climate. By doing this, you are likely to see a whole host of wildlife in your garden when you participate in the Big Garden Birdwatch!


Make sure you fill your feeders and stock up on all your garden birds favourite treats. These include:

Rupert Madefield continued to say “In the winter, making sure there is food and shelter for wildlife in your garden can really make a difference. Leaving leaves on the ground, creating log piles for hedgehogs to hide in, and have boxes for roosting birds and bats will all be appreciated by the wildlife that lives in your garden – and let’s not forget feeding the birds!”

For more information on how to get involved, make sure you visit the RSPB website.

 



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