Grab Your Binoculars and Join the Big Garden Birdwatch 2021
Forget crime shows and TV soaps; there is real drama going on in your very own garden! It’s time to grab your binoculars and take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Incredibly this is the 42nd year that the RSPB has called on communities to take part in what is now the UK’s largest garden based citizen science project. Why? Well not only is it great fun, but it provides the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) with essential data that allows them to keep tabs on the population of British birds.
Here’s how to get involved, some tips and tricks on birdwatching, and a link to the RSPB’s chirpy quiz asking ‘which garden bird are you?’
Taking Part is Simple
This year’s event takes place on 29th – 31st January and all you need to do is spend just one hour watching and taking note of the birds that you see in your garden. Here’s some simple steps to get involved:
A First for Birdwatchers
A little birdie told us that for the very first time this year, the RSPB will be running the Big Garden Birdwatch LIVE! Experts from across the UK will be sharing photos, fun facts and footage of the birds they see to keep you clued up and counting together. They’ll also be answering any questions you may have and providing live quizzes. See if you can spot any familiar faces over the weekend on the RSPB social media accounts with the #BigGardenBirdwatch
Quiz: Which Garden Bird Are You?
Ever wondered what garden bird your personality best matches? Are you a lone eagle, a friendly sparrow, a shy robin or an excitable jackdaw? Take the quiz right here:
Tips and Tricks for Budding Birdies
Excited already? There are things you can do now to make your Big Garden Birdwatch even more enjoyable when the weekend arrives. Here’s a few tips and tricks to treat the birds that visit your garden.
Garden birds love a place to perch and take a rest. Natural and manmade perches which sit close to your feeders will encourage birds to stop for lunch and chirp ‘hello’. Providing food is also great, especially during these harsh winter months, and the RSPB recommend high-energy (high-fat) foods in cold conditions.
From bird baths to reflection pools, birds love to take a drink and even bathe so why not set up your very own watering hole. Providing food and drink for your garden birds is a great way to capture them motionless, meaning you can grab a quick photograph.
Taking the time to stop and study the birds that enter your garden will mean you’ll start to pick up on their behaviour. Some will be shy whilst others will display bold characteristics. Staying quiet and trying not to make any sudden movements will allow you to see kinds of behaviour you’ll likely never have seen on a local walk. Watch and listen out to see how different species communicate and interact with each other.
What birds will visit your garden this year? We’d love to see your Big Garden Birdwatch snaps. Tag us in your spots.