The world’s biggest wildlife survey is almost upon us! On the 30th – 31st January, over half a million people will be spending 1 hour counting the birds and wildlife in their gardens. Will you be one of them? It’s easy and enjoyable to do, and benefits the UK’s wildlife as well! You can download a free pack from the RSPB website to help you as well as my advice.
I haven’t had a lot of birds recently because of the mild weather, although I did get 3 Long-Tailed Tits, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Robins, 2 Wrens, 5 House Sparrows, 2 Blue Tits at my nestbox, 1 Starling, 1 Dunnock and a fly-over by a Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning (almost 85% of the time there are no birds in my garden). I don’t have a massive garden, nor do I live near a wood, but there are a few things in my garden and nearby that attract the birds. For example, there is a tall pear tree in my neighbours’ garden which is a regular place for Blue Tits, Robins and Wrens, and less often, Goldcrest, Long-Tailed Tits, Coal Tits and occasionally in winter, Blackcap. To help attract the birds to your garden you could put up feeders. You can get these online or from most garden centres. You could also make your own bird cake (there are lots of recipes online). You could plant a fruit tree or a berry bush in your garden. You could also plant wildflowers, such as Millet or Teasel in your garden to attract lots of birds (and bees and butterflies in the summer).
If you don’t have a garden, don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the fun! You can do the birdwatch in your local park, or even Knowsley Safari! You can put in your results for the birdwatch on the RSPB website if you want to do it the easy way. Remember, don’t count how many times, for example, a Blue Tit visits. Only count the highest number of Blue Tits seen at one time, therefore avoiding counting the same bird 2 or 3 times! Also, only count the birds that land in your garden, not ones that fly over. Even if you don’t see anything, that is still important information for the RSPB.
I am looking forward to it, and will post another blog with my results on soon.