Get involved – #BigGardenBirdwatch!

As many of you already know, I get really excited by the bird life in my garden. Even though I see the same stuff most days, if I stick around long enough, something extra special will turn up. So it’s no surprise that I am very excited to take part in RSPB’s #BigGardenBirdwatch It’s a fantastic way to get involved with citizen science, have fun and make a difference!  Lots of people wonder how they can make a contribution to nature and it’s protection. Well, this is a perfect way to support wildlife, learn more about the birds which visit your garden and be part of a survey that helps orthniologisrs get a cool picture of population and diversity. What’s not to love, oh, and it’s FREE!!

It’s pretty inspirational too, I’ve mentioned the bridwatch to lots of boys at school and they are genuinely interested and excited about what they might find. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my school involved this time but I’m very excited to be organising a School Birdwatch at my old Primary School. I’m going up soon to pop up feeders and make bird food with the pupils there. I am so excited about this. Last year I ran a Nature stall at this school with my dad. We had skulls, bat corpses and other cool stuff. Eyes widened in wonder, I had a realisation that everyone could fall under natures spell. They just had to be lead a little. This is something I feel extremely passionate about.

Check out the website and find out what you need to do, register and share your experiences online too!! I already have a good few followers on Twitter, who are also getting involved. It feels really great to share something brilliant together. I have received my pack, it’s got amazing resources to help you and I’m counting down the days! I’m doing a comparative study with a friend who lives rurally, so we can compare our results. It’ll be very interesting to see who gets more variety. Wish me luck and let me know how you get on too!


Just a quick blog today! Thanks for reading.

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6 Responses

  1. Nice one Dara, not one I personally partake in but huge numbers do, and it is a real money-spinner for the RSPB too. The BTO’s BirdTrack logging tool is equally useful, and for the farming communities between the 3rd and 12th February 2017, there is the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count. All are worthy of much praise and admiration from me, and I’m sure many others as they are all fantastic conservation projects in their own right.

    Best Wishes

    Tony Powell and naturestimeline

    1. Hey Tony, I use BirdTrack and it’s excellent. I (or my family) didn’t pay a penny to the RSPB to get involved in the survey to be fair. It’s just great to get people excited about recording and observing. Definitely a good thing. Thanks for your comment ☺️☺️


  2. Hi Dara – I loved your blog!! I do the BTO garden bird watch so the RSPB is an obvious one to do in my garden.
    I adore your Long-tailed Tits, I’ve had 2 or 3 coming to my feeders – but NEVER when I’m recording my BTO birds ????
    I’m looking forward to your results in your next log.
    Norma PP – introduced me to your blog – I miss her so much but I must remember how much she did to en outage others. I

    1. Hi Pamela, thank you so much! I was very sad to hear about Norma. I really hoped we’d be meeting up soon. I think I’ll do the BTO Gardenwatch next year as I’m a member too. Thank you so much for your message. I hope to join the BNFC in the summer or before for an outing.


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