We're sure that all of you keen bird watchers are already aware that the Big Garden Birdwatch starts in just a few weeks time (25th-27th January).
Spending an hour in the garden and contributing to the Big Garden Birdwatch helps the RSPB monitor trends in the bird population, something that's very close to our hearts.
So, if you want to find out more about the world's biggest wildlife survey & how you can take part, just keep reading.
How can I get involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch?
Getting involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch is easy (and great fun). First, you need to Sign Up, then all you need to do to collect your data is:
1. Find a place in your garden where you have a good view of the birds coming to and from your garden. If you don't have a garden, you could head to the nearest park or outdoor area. Half a million people now regularly take part, helping scientists compare data year-on-year, and, ultimately, help our native bird population to survive where problems are spotted.
2. For 1 hour, you need to count the birds that you see visiting your chosen spot and make a note of them. The RSPB advises that you shouldn't count the birds that fly over your chosen spot, you should only count the ones that land.
3. Once the hour is up, you need to submit your findings to the RSPB. Don't worry if you don't see any birds landing, the RSPB find information about the birds that aren't around just as valuable as the information about the birds that are!
To submit your results online, click here. You have from the 25th January to the 16th February to submit your data. Alternatively, if you want to send your results to the RSPB by post, you can do so by downloading a posting a Big Garden Birdwatch submission form that can be found here.
Preparing your garden for the Big Garden Birdwatch
If you want to see plenty of birds in your garden (we know we do), there are some things you can do entice them to visit. The easiest way to attract birds is to put some food out for them. At this time of year, the birds are colder and food is scarce, so an easily accessible meal is sure to do the trick.
Ensure your garden is ready to receive your favourite birds on the day by having a selection of suitable food, in clean feeders, in a suitable position in your garden. Some types of food and feeder can help birds to stay on the feeder for longer, ensuring you get a much better look at them. Try to position feeders in a semi-sheltered spot though, as you don't want to over-expose the birds to larger predators such as cats and sparrow hawks.
Hanging a mesh peanut feeder means that birds such as tits, finches and even woodpeckers will cling to the feeder, sometimes in groups, and have to work hard pecking away at the nuts to break off a mouthful. This makes for a lovely spectacle for you to watch, and also encourages their natural foraging behaviour.
Why not try our new pyramid-style fatball feeder, for something that definitely looks a little bit different!
Remember, different birds have different feeding habits, but it's entirely up to you how many species you decide to cater for. Here at Really Wild Bird Food, we offer products for all kinds of birds, but here's a very quick guide to get you started:
- Blackbirds like to feed on the ground and enjoy things like fatty foods like suet and mealworms.
- Tits prefer to eat from a bird feeder. We have a huge selection for you to choose from.
- Finches will feed on bird feeders or a bird table and love sunflower hearts.
- Don't forget to provide your garden birds with water!
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We hope you'll be taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this year! If you have any questions about the products mentioned above, don't hesitate to give us a call on 01489 896 785.