Citizen science - we've been doing it for years!

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Mark Avery's blog

I'm the RSPB's Conservation Director. My aim with this blog will be to comment on matters of conservation importance and give you a few insights into the RSPB's conservation work - there's plenty to write about!

Citizen science - we've been doing it for years!

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Yesterday's papers - at least the Independent and Times (and BBC online) - report Elizabeth Boakes of Imperial College , London University, calling on people to go out and monitor the wildlife around them.  What a good idea!

In just a few days' time you can take part in 'making your nature count' by counting wildlife in your garden - I'll be doing it, and thousands of others will too - why not give it a go?

And then next January you can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch - along with about half a million others.

But there are other opportunities too.  Volunteer with the RSPB and you might find yourself counting birds, or bugs, or beautiful plants on one of our nature reserves.  And it is National Volunteers' Week!

But there is also the admirable Birdtrack - a joint project by the BTO and the RSPB - where your observations are welcome.  The deal is that you can access your bird records any time (far easier than thumbing through notebooks) but the data contribute to the common good too.  Have a look and add your records of kingfishers, barn owls and buzzards.  They will all help to paint a fuller picture of our bird populations.  When you go out, keep a birdlist for your visit and that's particularly valuable.  But careful - you may get hooked!  I am!