The RSPB are giving away packs to help you make your garden more wildlife friendly. In it you will find 20 ways to give nature a home! Whether you have a window box, a balcony or a large garden you will find an idea for you.
You may or may not know, but in a few of Lewisham’s Parks we have some keen bird watchers who keep us up to date with what they have seen and also record this on a national database called birdtrack. Birdtrack describes itself as “an exciting project, through a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB, Birdwatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and the Welsh Ornithological Society, that looks at migration movements and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland. BirdTrack provides facilities for observers to store and manage their own personal records as well as using these to support species conservation at local, regional, national and international scales.”
We call these talented bunch ‘Bird Champions’. If you think your local park could use a Bird Champion or if you are keen to become one, please visit our parks page for more details. You can keep up to date with what has been seen at these parks at the Bird Champion section of the parks page. There is new Bird Champion data available for a number of our sites for October 2013..
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.
It may be short notice, but there is still time to take part in the RSPB’s Cockney sparrow count – see below for details.
Help London’s house sparrows and take part in the RSPB Cockney Sparrow Count 18 June to 12 July!
The Cockney sparrow was once a regular fixture in our London gardens, parks and squares. However, the city lost 68% of them between 1994 and 2000. The RSPB are asking Londoners to spend an hour, sometime between 18 June and 12 July, looking for house sparrows in their gardens and/or local green spaces and parks. It will help identify where populations are doing well, just clinging on or faring badly.
The survey can be done anywhere in Greater London and the more people that get involved, the better the information will be! The information you give them will help inform their conservation efforts to save this iconic London bird.
The project is being run in partnership with the London Wildlife Trust and Greenspace information for Greater London (GiGL) as part of the London Biodiversity Partnership.