Nelly Furtado imagined she was like one, they inspired Robert Burns' pen, and they're some of the most colourful characters in our garden wildlife. What are we talking about? Birds! Why not show them some love by getting involved in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch from 28 to 30 January 2022!
What is Big Garden Birdwatch?
Big Garden Birdwatch is free and all you do is count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony, window, or in your local park for one hour.
Big Garden Birdwatch is for complete beginners or birding experts and is fun for all.
How do you take part in Big Garden Birdwatch?
1. Watch the birds around you for one hour
2. Count how many of each species of bird land on your patch
3. Go online and tell the RSPB what you saw
How to attract more birds into your garden with a little help from DeWaldens Garden Centre
Blackbirds mostly feed on the ground and will eat a broad range of foods, from fatty nibbles to mealworms
Blue tits and great tits use a feeder, eating seeds as well as suet and peanuts.
Look for good quality bird food and don't forget to drop in our 'Which Food Scraps Can You Safely Feed to Garden Birds?' blog too.
One million birdwatchers in 2021
Over one million people took part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2021 and the RSPB is hoping to mobilise as many people this year - fingers crossed it will be more!
The bird conservation charity says that we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, which is shocking, so it really is critical that we all do our bit to look after our birdlife.
It depends support to save nature and to look after places where wildlife can thrive and it's by taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch that you can also make a difference.
Wherever you are, whatever you see, it counts!