Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Intrepid Big Garden Birdwatcher
It'll soon be time!!!  I love it when The Big Garden Birdwatch weekend comes around.

What is the Big Garden Birdwatch?

 Each year, the RSPB runs a huge survey of garden and park wildlife in January.  In 2016, the 30th of January marks the first day of the Big Garden Birdwatch and I will be sitting with my little ones with our beady eyes fixed on our garden waiting for the birds to show up.

The idea is simple; you and your family record the highest number of each species that land in your garden at any one time - 3 Goldfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird etc etc and you submit your results after the hour is up to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch website.

Are there any rules?

Well, yes.  I'll keep it simple though - the most important bits to remember is not to record the total number of times you see a particular species - as this could be the same bird coming back for more goodies.  You count the highest number of that species seen in your garden at any one time during the hour.

Oh, and birds that are flying over don't count - no cheating!

How will we know what we have seen?

Of course, every little one will need a great way to learn which bird is which, so grab your copy of 'The Birds at the Bottom of the Garden' and head out to the back window and start recording!

If you don't have a copy, then click on the links at the top of this page (on a desktop) or in the menu (on a mobile & some tablets) and you can get one so you can practice throughout the year. There are links to both of my books below:

Get a copy of 'The Birds at the Bottom of the Garden' << ideal for most gardens

Get a copy of 'The Birds Down the Lane' << ideal for gardens near the edge of town or parkland etc.

That's it!

Have fun and don't forget to tell us all about your Big Garden Bird Watch in the comments below. 

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