Emma Pritchard plans to gaze at her garden – as part of the annual RSPB Garden Birdwatch, taking just an hour at the end of the month
When was the last time you sat and watched the world go by – without feeling guilty of to-do lists left unchecked? Well, this month, you have the perfect excuse to put the kettle on and spend an hour looking at what’s outside your window.
The RSPB’s annual Garden Birdwatch is taking place on January 30 and 31 and, as the world’s largest wildlife survey, it is well worth participating in. Be one of more than half a million people to make a difference to the myriad feathered friends finding a home in Britain.
All you need to do is note down the different birds you see in your garden over the course of 60 minutes and upload the information to the RSPB website. From collared doves to robins, and magpies to goldfinches, the data will be used to monitor how individual species are faring. In Surrey, despite decreasing in numbers over the past five years, blue tits remain the county’s most common garden bird.
The RSPB are equally interested in sightings of other wildlife, including hedgehogs, foxes, stoats and squirrels, that visit you, too.
Find out more on the RSPB website