My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

If you’re in need of some time out, a delightful and quite simply enchanting activity that you can take part in this weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 – spending a restful, restorative hour watching and counting birds.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a marvellous activity to share.  You could snuggle up by the fire and count the birds that you see from your window, or you could wrap up warmly to count birds in the park, at your allotment, or why not join a birdwatch at your school or college, or during your lunch break at your place of work.  The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a lovely activity to share with your friends and family, or to undertake by yourself – what could be better than spending an immersive hour surrounded by birdsong?

A blue tit on the feeding station, seen during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 information

If you apply to the RSPB ahead of time, they can send you a useful, informative pack to help you identify the birds you see, but please don’t worry if you’re just reading about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 now, and you’re hearing about the Birdwatch for the first time (or if you forgot!) – you can find and access all of this information, everything you need can be found online at the RSPB’s website here.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 is again a three day event for 2018.  This year the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 will cover the weekend of Saturday 27th January 2018 and Sunday 28th January 2018, as well as Monday 29th January 2018.   You’ll find lots of information on the RSPB’s website, including an online counting tool complete with timer, and a fantastic bird identification chart, with clear pictures of birds to help you identify all of the birds you see during your birdwatch.

A goldcrest foraging amongst the branches. You can see the distinctive yellow flash from which it gets its name, across its head.
A Goldcrest spotted during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018.

The dear little Goldcrest is one of the UK’s smallest birds.  Goldcrests’ are fast moving birds, that are difficult to catch on camera, as they flit around, underneath, and more often than not, amongst and within the branches, as they are constantly on the look out for insects.   A Goldcrest spotted during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch.

How to accurately count the birds you see during your birdwatch

If you’re taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, let me provide a quick reminder to 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 Robin, then he disappears, and then you see another Robin, you still count one.  But if you see two Robins at the same time, you count two.  Otherwise you could just be counting the same Robin over and over again!

A wood pigeon seen during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch.

My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

Today I joined some friends to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, 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
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Dunnock
  • 1 Wood Pigeon
  • 1 Robin

I didn’t see as many birds during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, as I spotted during my 2017 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, but despite this I had a truly wonderful time!  I love birds, wildlife and nature.  I love taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, for me it is one of my favourite events of the year!  What could be more wonderful than spending an hour watching a Goldcrest foraging for insects?

I spotted this Robin during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018.

Important information about birds

As well as being a wonderfully restorative, interesting, and engaging activity to take part in, the records made by those taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch are so important.  Everyone that completes the the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and submits their findings to the RSPB is contributing vital data, which enables the RSPB to understand and learn more about what birds are present in Britain during January 2018, which birds are frequently seen, and which are not commonly found, or are absent.

A wood pigeon seen during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch.
A blue tit seen during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch.

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 this winter.  There’s also the chance to provide the RSPB with records of migratory birds and other birds that sometimes fly to Britain to spend the winter, or that stop off in the UK on their journey to another country, where they will spend the rest of the winter months.

A dunnock seen during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 submitting your results

If you take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, 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.  The RSBP have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch complete with their answers, which you can read here.

I spotted this Robin during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018.

I wish you a very special and relaxing, restorative, remainder of weekend, surrounded by bird song, there’s no better way to re-charge your batteries!

PS: Don’t forget that you could take a very special lunch break on Monday, and take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, it’s not too late!

A blue tit seen on the feeding station, during my 2018 RSPB Birdwatch.

Other RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 Results.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 Results.

Other articles that may interest you………………

To see a calendar of 2018 Snowdrop Garden Openings, Snowdrop Talks and Events, please click here.

To see the results of my 2017 RSBP Big Garden Birdwatch, please click here.

To see the results of my 2016 RSPB Bird Garden Birdwatch, please click here.

For gardening advice and lovely ideas of what you could do in your garden, or at your allotment from mid January to mid February, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read about buying the most beautiful seasonal British grown cut flowers and where to buy them, please click here.

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