Posted on: 04 Oct 2014
The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place again on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2015, and online registration is now open for the survey.
Since it started in 1979, the world's biggest wildlife survey has provided a lot of imporant information about the changes in numbers of garden birds in winter, and helped to alert conservationists to declines in species such as House Sparrows, Greenfinch and Starling.
The number of people taking part has grown every year, and now around half a million participants get involved, making it the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey. To take part, people are asked to spend just one hour at any time over the event weekend noting the highest number of each bird seen in their gardens or local outside space. They then have to submit their results to the RSPB before 13 February, either online atwww.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or in the post.
This year, participants are being asked once more to log some of the other animals they see in their gardens to help build an overall picture of how important our gardens are for wildlife. Participants don’t have to see and count these other species during their Big Garden Birdwatch hour, just fill in the form to tell the RSPB whether they see them regularly or have ever seen them in their gardens, at any time of year. The RSPB shares this information with other conservation organisations to enable them to understand more about the threats facing wildlife, so that people can help their wild visitors thrive.