The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

What is the Big Garden Birdwatch 2015?

This weekend, many people around the country are expected to be sitting out in their gardens, hoping to spot birds such as House Sparrows, Starling and Greenfinch.

This is all due to a well-known event organised by the RSPB called the Big Garden Birdwatch. Over the weekend of the 24th-25th January 2015, people across the UK will be spending an hour of their time counting the birds in their garden, in order to take part in this important survey.

Reasons for Taking Part

By looking at the population of birds, it is possible to evaluate the overall health of the countryside. The Big Garden Birdwatch 2015 survey will monitor the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.

The survey provides a lot of significant information about the changes in numbers of garden birds in winter and alerts conservationists to declines in species. Participants are also encouraged to write down some of the other animals they have seen in their gardens as this helps build an overall picture of how vital our gardens are for wildlife.

What has the RSPB Learnt so Far?

The Big Birdwatch has been running since 1979 and during that time, the number of people taking part has grown significantly. There are now around half a million participants getting involved by logging the birds and other animals they see in their gardens during this big event.

Birds such as Greenfinch and Starling, and animals like Badgers and Hedgehogs are sadly in decline. Animals such as Common Toads and birds like the Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldfinch however have been spotted more and more frequently.

The information that the public collects is shared by the RSPB with other conservation organisations to help them understand more about the threats facing wildlife.

How to be Wildlife Friendly

The survey aims to tackle the housing crisis facing the UK’s threatened wildlife and is therefore part of the RSPB’s Giving Nature a Home Campaign. Through this campaign, people are being encouraged to offer gardens that are wildlife friendly.

There are lots of ways in which you can provide a wildlife friendly garden to your animal visitors. We have included just a few tips to get you started!

  • To attract birds into your garden, you can put out food all year around. Seeds, fat balls, and leftovers like bread crumbs and cooked rice will be much appreciated by your feathery friends.

  • You can also use plants to encourage birds into your garden. Plants such as ivy can be grown over pergolas or fences, and hedges of holly, hawthorn or honeysuckle offer shelter to the birds. Plants that grow fruit are also a great choice as they provide a tasty treat.

  • Water is important to birds as they can use it to bathe in as well as drink. Clean water in a small bowl or birdbath works perfectly, just make sure you keep an eye on it as you don’t want it freezing over!

  • When looking to attract different kinds of wildlife, creating a wood pile is a good way to start. Hedgehogs, mice and insects can use a wood pile as a perfect hiding place and keep sheltered during the winter months.

  • If you want to attract bees, planting plenty of brightly coloured flowers is a great idea. Holding back a little on tidying your garden will also work wonders as any animals already inhabiting your garden will not be disturbed.

  • Will you be taking part this weekend?

    If you haven't already registered, visit the official website now to find out more details. If you are all set to go, let us know how you get on!

    We would love to hear about what kind of birds and fuzzy creatures you found in your garden, so just comment below or get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Google +.

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