We know that 2021 hasn't got off to the best of starts, but this weekend we all have something to look forward to - the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! This is an event that the whole Really Wild Bird Food team looks forward to each year, and you should too.
This is a great opportunity to get your family members out into the garden for an hour to discover the wildlife that lives alongside us. We know it's a bit chilly, but grab a coat, a hot chocolate and pop outside for just an hour.
How do you take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch?
Taking part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch couldn't be easier! You simply:
- Choose a time - this can be any hour between the 29th and 31st of January.
- Make a note of what you see - spend your hour counting the birds you can see in your garden or from your balcony (don't count birds in flight). If you want to take part without leaving your house (due to COVID-19), RSPB is encouraging you to count the birds you can see when looking out a window overlooking your garden.
- Submit your results online - once you've counted your birds, you submit your result on the RSPB website or send them in via the post.
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What's the purpose of the Big Garden Birdwatch?
Every year homeowners count the birds in their gardens for 1 hour so that the RSPB can collect data about the general bird populations.
In total, they have over 40 years' worth of data that helps them keep track of changes affecting our environment and the wildlife that live alongside us.
The results that you provide can help the RSPB spot problems with certain bird populations early. So, if you have the time this weekend, please take an hour out of your day to contribute to this great cause. It doesn't take long, and it really can help to make a difference for our garden birds.
How to attract more birds to your garden
If your garden doesn't attract a lot of birds at the moment, there are things you can do to make sure you have a great selection to record as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch. Here are a few of our top tips for attracting birds into your garden.
1. Put more bird food out, or offer a new selection of bird food to entice different species of bird.
2. Provide a supply of clean, fresh drinking water. This is especially important on cold winter days when natural sources of water are scarce
3. Aim to put food out in the mornings when birds are replenishing their energy supplies.
To make your garden birdwatching a little more interesting, why don't you try your hand at a spot of bird photography? We recently shared a blog that tells you how to take great photos of birds, even if you're a complete beginner.
Read More: How to Photograph Birds: Our Photography Tips
If you have any questions, or if you want to talk to us about attracting more birds into your garden, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.