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January 2021

Friday, 29 January 2021

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Big Garden Birdwatch 29-31 January 2021

Everyone counts! How to take part

Count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour between 29 and 31 January 2021. Please only include those that land, not those flying over. Count the most birds you see at any one time, otherwise you could count the same bird twice. For example, if you saw a group of eight starlings, and towards the end of the hour you saw six starlings together, please write eight as your final count. Go to to tell us what you saw. The more people who tell us what they saw, the better the picture we will have of how our garden birds are doing. Remember even if you saw nothing, it still counts. If you are unable to submit your result online, please complete and send us the enclosed form. For an easy way to count and submit your findings go to on your smart phone
How to get the best from your Birdwatch The RSPB is a registered charity in England and Wales 207076, in Scotland SC037654. 356-1387-19-20 ITM012218 Prepare your patch During winter, food is scarce so give birds a helping hand by putting out food and water. They can take a little time before they become regular visitors, so don't give up if they don't all flock in at once! Feed your feathered friends From putting seeds in a feeder to hanging out fat balls, there are lots of ways to encourage birds to your patch. Even a small window feeder can make a big difference. What food you put out can also influence what turns up: if you'd like to see a goldfinch try nyger seeds, for example. For more information about feeding your garden visitors, visit Share your love for nature.
We're delighted that you're joining the Big Garden Birdwatch community to help us better look after our natural world. You can find more about the RSPB and other ways to get involved at Share your Birdwatch We'd love to hear how you get on. Plus, when you submit your findings online, we'll show you your results instantly for you to share with your friends and family.
These are some of the birds that you might see. You can use the tally to help you count. You'll find lots of tips on identifying birds as well as their calls at
Starling, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Robin, Long Tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Magpie, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Great Tit and House Sparrow.

Monday, 25 January 2021


This is the list of the bird sightings that we have compiled from Local Group members, we hope that members will continue to E mail their sightings to the Local group E Mail,

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Download the free My Healthy Advantage app

The RSPB's Assistance Programme has launched a new app, called My Healthy Advantage, with handy tools and information to support your mental, financial, social and physical wellbeing. You can:
watch wellbeing videos and webinars
track your mood
access four-week plans to help you make positive changes to your health and wellbeing. For example, improving energy, sleeping better, eating more healthily or quitting smoking
check out a key area of your wellbeing through mini health checks
view personalised content tailored to your preferences and much more...

This new app is available to download free from the Apple App Store/Android Play Store. To sign up for the first time and create your account, you will need to enter the following unique code: MetLife - Royal (you will need to sign up initially and not log in).

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

RSPB Shropshire Local Group

RSPB Shropshire Local Group

Due to Covid-19, and since lockdown restrictions were imposed back in March 2020, we have been unable to hold our regular monthly meetings at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall. The uncertainty of the ongoing situation means that we can't plan any meetings for the foreseeable future. As soon as we are given the go-ahead by RSPB HQ, we will kick off our series of illustrated talks once again. We have a line up of enthusiastic and expert speakers eager to entertain and inform us, and we would love to welcome you as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can find out more about the RSPB by checking out the website
We are running a series of monthly Zoom talks and you can find out more about these on the local group website We are aiming to re-start our field trips as soon as we are allowed - so it's worth keeping an eye on the local website for news! There is a "contact us" link here too, if you would like more information about us and what we do. You can also contact us by telephone 07833 647109 or email

Monday, 18 January 2021



Starling Murmurations are wonderful to see and even in these times if you are lucky to live nearby Whixall Moss or venus Pool then there is still a chance to catch these fantastic events. Sunset is best and if you are lucky with the weather, even better. Attached is a photograph taken at Whixall Moss recently.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021



Firstly an apology for the lack of updates on the site, there have been some serious issues with the RSPB Web Sites that have now all been resolved after a lot of work at HQ. We realise that times are not good for now but with the Vaccine hopefully there is a little bit of hope for the future. So what can we do to help our welfare and exercise at the same time, most of us will have a 'walk' that they can access without travelling, there is so much to see at this time of year in fields, rivers, floods and even in our estates. During my most recent local walk Fieldfares and Redwings were prominent in good numbers and there is always the chance seeing mixed flocks of Finches and Buntings feeding in fields, in particular Chaffinch, Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers and a good chance of a Brambling amongst the flocks. There are plans afoot to utilise 'Zoom' for some talks in the coming months and details will be sent to all members of how to access these nearer the time. Locally before the most recent 'Lockdown' the flooded fields in the Melverley area had some incredible sightings including a flock of Pintail over 1000 strong, over 50 Russian White - Fronted Geese and nearly 30 Whooper Swans. To finish The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place between 29 - 31 January, an excellent chance to study your garden birds and to collect some important data, from the Local Group committee stay safe and we will be in touch soon.