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January 2014

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Big Garden Birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch

Thousands of people have already uploaded the results of their hour of watching their garden over the weekend. If things are a little slow, please be patient. You can submit your results up until 16 February.

What happens next?

Our scientists will add all your sightings together with those from thousands of other gardens right across the country and find out how birds and other wildlife are doing.

Once this has all been checked and pieced together, we'll be able to monitor trends and understand how different birds and other wildlife are faring. Then, together, we can help those in danger and find the best ways to give nature a home.

Look out for the results in March.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Remember the Big Garden Birdwatch

Today and tomorrow are the days for you to do your one hour count. There's lots of online chat and photos about the event and it's worth encouraging your friends and neighbours to take part as well.

The BBC have a live webcam on their Winterwatch Extra page - live from the Big Garden Birdwatch. There are also some useful tips on the site - such as the idea of putting a little natural cat litter at the bottom of a feeder to stop the peanuts rotting. Take a look using the link below.

Do remember to submit the results of your count. Apparently the RSPB are having trouble with their web site at the moment but the deadline isn't until mid-February or you can send it in by post.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Count the wildlife that's counting on you - Get ready to tell the RSPB who's at home in your patch in the world's largest wildlife survey. You are invited to register for a free guide if you haven't received one already from the RSPB and you will then receive a £5 RSPB shop discount.

Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That's why it's so important to take part in surveys like the Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.

All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 25-26 January counting the birds in your garden. It's that simple!

The more people involved, the more we can learn. 590,000 people took part last year and 8.2 million birds were counted last year alone.

For the first time, you can record your Birdwatch sightings as they happen on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, thanks to the new 'live bird counter.'

During Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, simply go to the Birdwatch website using your mobile device and click on the 'live counter' button. It counts down your Birdwatch hour and gives you hints, tips and trivia, while you record the birds that you see.

Of course, you still have the option to take part in one of the traditional ways by using a pen and paper to record the birds seen then entering your results on the Birdwatch website, or by sending your results in the post.

For more information, to register and to get tips on what to look out for go to