More than half-a-million people will be brought together for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (27, 28, and 29 January). Now in its 39th year, the Birdwatch will help people uncover the bird life in their garden, and create an annual snapshot of how UK birds are doing.
Last year close to half-a-million people across the UK took part, making Big Garden Birdwatch the world’s biggest wildlife survey.
In Worcestershire, the most popular bird to visit our gardens last year was the house sparrow, followed by the blackbird and blue tit.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment Councillor Tony Miller said: "We are interested to find out if the most popular bird to visit Worcestershire's gardens this year is still the house sparrow. The house sparrow is in decline, so it will be good to know that Worcestershire is able to enjoy this little bird visiting our feeders and bird tables. If you can spare an hour to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch it will really help to build a picture of how our feathered friends are doing at this time of year."
To take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, simply spend an hour over the weekend watching the birds in your garden, outdoor space or local park. Once you have recorded the birds that make a visit, whether it’s a starling or a sparrow, submit your results online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.
This year the RSPB is curious to see how these figures will change following a positive year for some of our resident British birds, such as greenfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit and long-tailed tit.
Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “Big Garden Birdwatch is all about enjoying the wildlife that comes to you and it’s really as simple as spending an hour looking out the window."