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Starling Sturnus vulgaris, adult male in hedge of Wild privet.

Join in with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

by Jenny Cavendar

The UK’s biggest citizen science project has been recording the winners and losers in the garden bird world for over four decades with the help of half a million people. Now the RSPB is counting on people in Newton-le-Willows to join in too.

Now in its 42nd year, the Big Garden Birdwatch is the largest wildlife survey in the world. In 2021, it runs from 29-31 January and depends on people like YOU to make it a success.

How can I get involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

Luckily, this is an ideal activity for lockdown! All you need to do is spend just one hour watching your garden and recording which birds visit you.

This year, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our mental health and wellbeing. There has been a surge in interest in the nature on our doorsteps and many people have come to rely on garden birds to bring joy and comfort in these unsettling times.

Which are the most and least common garden birds?

Across the country, house sparrows topped the rankings in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch results last year, despite wider national decline.

A common garden bird thanks to the provision of winter food and nest boxes, blue tits are on the rise across the country, with an 8% increase in the population since 1979.

Why take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

Allowing the RSPB to monitor similar bird trends across the country, the data collected during the Big Garden Birdwatch will create a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK and how they have faired since the project began over 40 years ago.

It’s a great opportunity to connect with nature and help with the RSPB’s work. And don’t worry if you don’t know much about garden birds already, the RSPB will provide a FREE Big Garden Birdwatch guide, including a bird identification chart and top tips. Text BIRD to 70030 or register online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

Which birds regularly visit your garden?

Let us know in the comments – and give us your top tips for attracting them, too!

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