Some of you may have seen or heard on the news today that the Mistle thrush is disapearing from our gardens. Results from the RSPB’s annual survey suggested that the birds are in in fewer than half the gardens they were 10 years ago. Estimates put the population at just 170,000 breading pairs and experts have compared the decline to that on the Song thrush.
To help them continue to monitor the birds visiting our gardens, the RSPB would like you to take part in their Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend. Started in 1979 as just a Winter activity for it members, they now have over half a million people regularly taking part. With over 30 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps them understand how birds are doing.
To take part, all you need to do is watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour on the weekend of 26 – 27 January 2013. Record the highest number of each bird species you see at the same time. Don’t count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once. Also, please only count those birds that land within your garden – not flying over. They have even produced a handy recording sheet for you!
To help you identify the birds in your garden you can try the RSPB’s bird identifier.
For ore information or if you have any question please visit the RSPB BGBW 2013 site and their FAQ page. You will find lots of other ways in which you can get involved including making your own bird feeder and some colouring games
You can see last years results here.