January, 2012

Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's

Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's
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Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's

  • Time To Start Counting Your Garden Birds

    Today is the launch of the Big Garden Birdwatch. It's our most important weekend of the year when we ask you to spend just one hour of your time recording what birds you see in your garden or park and sending in the results to us so we can find out which species are doing well and which need our help.

    The best time to do the Big Garden Birdwatch is first thing in the morning as this is when the birds are most active, but any time today or tomorrow will bring results.

    It's a great way of getting the family insipred by nature, but it can also be a nice way of spending one hour of 'me' time, watching the birds with a nice hot cuppa!

    To take part, you first need to register online. You then write down the highest number of each species seen at any one time (so if you see two Blackbirds together then later see four, you record four) over the period of an hour and then submit the results to us online by February 17th.

    At RSPB Fairburn Ings we've also got our own event taking place to celebrate the Big Garden Birdwatch.....

    From 11am to 3pm today and tomorrow,  our staff will be on hand to talk about garden birds. And there will be a guided Big Garden Birdwatch discovery trail taking place tomorrow.

     Visitors can learn how to make ‘green’ birdfeeders and garden bird masks!

     Entry is free to RSPB members, with a £2.50 car parking charge to non-members.

     We would love to know if you enjoyed taking part and if you saw anything unusual.

    Happy bird counting....

  • What's about at Fairburn Ings?

    Thank you to everyone who's contributed to the sightings book today; it's looking jam-packed and we can only let others know what's been seen if you come and tell us about it.

    Just outside the Visitor Centre, we've seen a male Bullfinch, a Coal Tit, a group of Red-legged Partridge, and Long-tailed Tits. Heading out a bit further, on the way to Pickup Hide, we've had two Brambling.

    Going along the Riverbank Trail, three Goldeneye have been seen in Village Bay, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker has been seen in the woods along Cut Lane.

    A Treecreeper was spotted on the Lin Dike Link, as well as two Green Woodpeckers and a Meadow Pipit. On the other side of Lin Dike, on The Moat, we've had over 25 Fieldfare and over 10 Starlings.

    The Taiga Bean Goose was spotted on Sunday behind Cedric's Pool.

    On the same day, a Peregrine flew over the Visitor Centre, and from Bob Dickens Hide were seen three Goosander, a Goldeneye, a Pochard, a Tufted Duck, and a Great Crested Grebe. Later on, a flock of Redpolls was seen around the Kingfisher Screen.

  • Big Boost for the Big Garden Birdwatch

    Big Garden Birdwatch has had a brilliant boost, thanks to our friends at Welcome to Yorkshire.

    Gary Verity, who's the boss of the tourism body, has called on every tourism business in Yorkshire to join in Big Garden Birdwatch this coming weekend.

    Gary said: “Yorkshire has amazing wildlife, which every year attracts huge numbers of people to visit the county. Garden birds are an important part of that mix and the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is something all businesses can easily do, either in their garden, around the workplace or in the local park. 

    “We need to do all we can to provide the information needed to ensure Yorkshire’s garden birds thrive into the future and continue to provide enjoyment for us all."

    How good is that? Thanks, Gary, and everyone at Welcome to Yorkshire, for your support. We think you’re cool!

    Big Garden Birdwatchers can request a free Big Garden Birdwatch pack over the phone by calling 0300 456 8330, or visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch for more information and to submit results.