Enjoy an hour with nature and discover the wildlife on your doorstep
It’s that’s time of year again when the RSPB encourage us all to take a little bit of time to note what birds can be seen outside our windows. From January 29-31 watch for an hour and record what you see in the National Big Garden Birdwatch.
Thanks to people taking part in the survey the RSPB has 40 years of data. This helps increase our understanding of the challenges faced by wildlife.
This was one of the first surveys to identify the decline of song thrushes in gardens. This species was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979. But by 2019, those numbers had declined by 76% – coming in at number 20. Likewise house sparrow sightings have dropped by 53% since the first Birdwatch in 1979.
Here at Gladwell’s we thought that whilst we might not be able to get together with loved ones at the moment, we could make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of our own homes. To join in follow:
We thought that it would be wonderful to share what we see and so take some snaps of what you see during your Birdwatch. It can also include other wildlife in your garden and we will have our own competition. Email your photo to Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 1 February and the best one will win a pair of tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show.
To help get you excited about our competition and to celebrate the wonderful fauna and flora all around us we have included here a selection of some of our favourite wildlife paintings.