This years Big Garden Birdwatch is from 29th to 31st January

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Apparently this is the world’s largest wildlife survey. Quite a few of our wildlife group take part each year but anyone can join in.

Basically, you spend an hour looking at the birds in your garden or local park. You can wrap up well and go outside (take a hot drink!) or stay in the warm and look through the window. it helps to have bird feeders to attract more birds but many birds will be looking for natural food on the ground or in the bushes. You count the maximum number seen at any one time rather than totalling up everything seen in the hour otherwise you may count some birds twice. And they need to be actually in your garden or on the boundary rather than flying over.

The best times seem to be in the first part of the morning and then early to mid afternoon.

Follow this link to find out more:

Do let us know how you get on and which birds you saw.


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