Big Garden Birdwatchers in Merseyside should ‘look at their gardens through the eyes of a bird’, says the RSPB
People in Merseyside taking part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January) should watch how the birds use their garden as well as watching the birds themselves, says the RSPB.
“Seeing things through the eyes of a bird will help you to understand exactly how they use what’s in your garden, spot anything that makes it an unsafe or inhospitable place, and allow you to improve the ways you give nature a home when spring arrives,” says RSPB conservation scientist, Dr Daniel Hayhow.
More than half a million people are expected to watch and count their garden birds during this weekend’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is now in its 36th year. The survey provides important information about the changes in numbers of birds using our gardens in winter, and helps alert conservationists to those species in decline like house sparrows, greenfinches and starlings.
Experts are interested to see how the mixed weather conditions around the UK so far this year affect the number of birds in gardens in different areas. Will numbers be low because natural food sources in the countryside are abundant, or will birds appear in their droves to make the most of garden feeders? RSPB scientists are keen that, whatever the weather, as many people as possible take part.
Daniel continues: “Whilst putting out food for birds is important, it’s not the be-all and end-all. Birds need a wide variety of plants to shelter and perch to be able to make use of the feeders we provide in winter, as well as nectar-rich plants that attract insects in summer. During this year’s Birdwatch look at how the birds approach your feeders using the various trees, shrubs and bushes. Making your garden more nature-friendly is the best way you can help the birds and other wildlife that use it – and by doing so you’ll attract even more to your garden for you to enjoy! ”