RSPB is hoping that more people than ever will celebrate their love of nature and unite to count garden birds this weekend for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch.
This year’s event takes place on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January and people are being asked to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden, then send their results to the RSPB.
Close to half a million people join in the Birdwatch every year across the UK.
144 million birds have been counted
Just one hour every year for the last four decades has made the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch the world’s largest garden wildlife citizen science project.
Now in its 42nd year, 144 million birds have been counted.
Winners and losers
Big Garden Birdwatch continues to highlight the winners and losers in the garden bird world. While house sparrows and starlings may be the UK’s most commonly sighted birds, a closer look at Big Garden Birdwatch data shows that numbers have dropped dramatically since the Birdwatch began in 1979.
House sparrows are down 53%, while starlings are down 80%. It’s a pattern echoed by two more garden favourites, with blackbirds and robins down 46% and 32% respectively.
Sign up to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch by visiting the RSPB Website.
The RSPB also have loads of activities taking place via their Facebook page over the next three days.
Find more on Facebook
If you’re fond of nature and on Facebook, don’t forget there are loads of IW nature-related groups you can join. Here are just a few:
- Isle of Wight Nature
- Isle of Wight Bird and Wildlife Photography
- Wight Swifts
- IOW Butterflies and Moths
- Isle of Wight Flora and Fauna