Guest blogger ,Stacey Paul, tells us why she is looking forward to participating in Big Garden Birdwatch for the first time.

All eyes on the feeder in Dumfries & Galloway

Feeling inspired by my role with the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival I thought it would be fun to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  Even though we aren’t bird watchers generally, tomorrow my whole family; husband and two daughters as well as my Mum who lives up the road, are going to give it a go to see what birds we can spot in our gardens.

Luckily we received our RSPB Birdwatch pack through the  post this morning and will be trying to identify a few birds in advance of tomorrow.  Haven’t seen many so far but that’s may be because it is snowing heavily.  My favourite is the robin and he seems to be pretty hungry whatever the weather.   Looking at the identification list it would be great to see a Long-tailed tit or a bonny looking male chaffinch, I hope my binoculars will give me a close up view!

We are so lucky in Dumfries & Galloway as we have Red Kites across in Galloway and half the population of Svalbard barnacle geese flock here for winter at RSPB Mersehead.  These reserves along with lots of others will be hosting 100+events during the Wild Spring Festival in April and May and you can follow what we are up to by liking our Wild Spring Festival facebook page.

Looking forward to spending an hour focusing on the birds in garden, hopefully they will be attracted by the delicious wild bird seed mix we have filled the feeders with.