Join the Big Garden Birdwatch in Warwickshire this weekend - The Leamington Observer

Join the Big Garden Birdwatch in Warwickshire this weekend

Leamington Editorial 26th Jan, 2019   0

PEOPLE are being urged to take part in a spot of birdwatching this weekend.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (January 26 to 28).

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch has become the largest garden wildlife citizen science project over the past four decades.

During that time, hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered their time providing the RSPB with over 8 million hours of monitoring garden birds.

Some 130 million birds have been counted since the first watch in 1979, giving the RSPB real insight into how our birds are faring. Last year, the most common bird seen in Warwickshire gardens was the house sparrow, and 4,931 people from Warwickshire took part.

This year’s people are again being asked to spend one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden or local green space, then send their results to the RSPB.

Around half-a-million people join in the Birdwatch every year.

Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive, said: “Everyone has a role to play in saving nature and protecting our wildlife.

“Big Garden Birdwatch participants have made a significant contribution to monitoring garden bird numbers over the past four decades. Those taking part work together as part of a community with thousands of other Big Garden Birdwatchers to help the RSPB’s work to protect birds, other wildlife and the places they live.

“Reaching 40 years is a huge achievement and shows just how passionate people across the UK are about their wildlife.

“The survey started as a winter activity for our youth members. It’s now the largest garden wildlife survey in the world and appeals to both children and adults because it’s an enjoyable, easy, inclusive activity that anyone can do and a great opportunity to connect with nature.”

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