I’m not a big one for presents for me at Christmas, I’d rather money be spent on children than myself. But last Christmas I had a very specific request for Father Christmas. PLEASE could I have a new bird table. You all know that I love wildlife and Monkey and I have been having fun with the RSPB Giving Nature a Home Campaign. I had a lovely old wooden birdtable that had seen me through a number of years and several gardens. But last year it fell apart. I was gutted, and at the time I just couldn’t afford to replace it. But Father Christmas did well, and I’m all ready for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on 25-26th January.
It cost’s nothing to register on the link above on the RSPB website, and it’s a great way to spend an hour of your time over the weekend. It’s a fun activity but also vital to give us all a better indication on bird numbers in the UK at this time of year. For the very first time you can also record other wildlife that visits your garden. If you don’t have a garden – spend an hour in your local park!
In case you haven’t taken part in the Big Garden Birdwatch before, once you’ve registered, you spend an hour of one day over the Birdwatch weekend recording which species of birds visit your garden, and now also wildlife in general. Then record your sightings on the RSPB website or via post. Simple.
Monkey loved taking part with the Big Garden Birdwatch last year. Each time we spotted a bird in the garden, I showed him the picture in our bird book and we talked about colours and size and what each bird likes to eat.
You can also use #birdwatch to share your sightings across social media sites. Good luck.