My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

If you’re looking for some time out, a lovely and relaxing activity that you can take part in this weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 – simply spending a restful, restorative hour watching and counting birds.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a delightful activity to share.  You could snuggle up by the fire and count the birds you see from your window, or wrap up warmly to count birds in the park, or at your allotment.  The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a lovely activity to share with a friend.

If you apply to the RSPB ahead of time, they will send you a useful, informative pack to help you identify the birds you see, but don’t worry if you’re just reading this now – you can find all the information online at the RSPB’s website here.

The RSPB have created a useful guide to help you identify garden birds.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has been extended for 2017, this year the bird watch will cover the weekend of Saturday 28th January 2017 and Sunday 29th January 2017, as well as Monday 30th January 2017.  You’ll find lots of information on the RSPB’s website, including an online counting tool, and pictures to help you identify the birds you see.

You only count the number of birds you see at one time, this is so that you avoid just counting the same bird over and over – so if you see one Magpie, then he disappears, and then you see another Magpie, you still count one.  But if you see two Magpies at the same time, you count two.  Otherwise you could just be counting the same Magpie over and over again!

Today I joined some friends to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017, we spent a very special, happy hour together counting birds.  This afternoon, during our hour of birdwatching, we saw the following birds:

  • 2 Blue tits
  • 2 Buzzards
  • 2 Mistle thrushes
  • 1 Blackbird
  • 1 Black cap
  • 1 Coal tit
  • 1 Dunnock
  • 1 Long-tailed tit
  • 1 Magpie
  • 1 Robin
  • 1 Wood pigeon

Surveys like the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch are important, everyone that completes the bird watch and submits their findings to the RSPB is contributing vital data to help the RSPB understand more about British birds.  The results from the Big Garden Birdwatch reveal what birds are present in our gardens at this time of year, and give an indication of how the birds in our gardens are fairing at this time.  Don’t forget to submit your results so the RSPB can evaluate the findings and learn more about the distribution of birds across the United Kingdom.  To submit your results, click here to visit the RSPB’s website, where you can also sign up to be an RSPB member, simply by clicking here.

I wish you a lovely and relaxing weekend.

Blue tits.

A coal tit.

A blue tit.

A Mistle thrush.

A blue tit.

A Mistle thrush eating an ivy berry.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

RSPB Big Garden BirdWatch 2018 Results.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 Results.

Other links and articles that may interest you………..

To visit the RSPB’s website, please click here.

For more information about the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2017, please click here.

To see what birds I spotted when I took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2016, please click here.

To read the results of my 2016 Peat Free Compost Trial, please click here.

To read about winter flowering plants, please click here.

For information about how you could help hedgehogs, please click here.

To read about terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read about growing indoor mushrooms, please click here.

To read the first part of my miniature orchid trial, please click here.

To read about beautiful hollies, please click here.

For information on natural ways to protect your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.

To read about the top twenty shortlisted plants, including the finalists and the winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016, please click here.

To read about the Rose of the Year Competition and the Festival of Roses at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

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