24 January 2018

Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

It’s the big garden bird watch this weekend (27th – 29th Jan 2018). This event which for the last few years has helped improve some species of birds population rise. Whilst helping to record what birds we find over here in the UK. We all know that feeding the birds year round helps but what else can?  

Big Garden Bird Watch

What is the Big Garden Bird Watch?

Well the best way to think of it is as a weekend long census for birds! Last year alone there was sightings of 8 million different birds across one weekend. Sightings of starlings were up by 10% and many other species have seen significant climbs. Since 2007 the number of goldfinches spotted was grown by a whopping 44%, blackbirds by 29% and robins by an impressive 22%.

The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is asking people to download a pack and note the different species of birds you can see within your garden over one hour. You can download the pack here...

 

Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

 

Declining Numbers

Although there have been some impressive rises in populations for some types of birds, other species have been less lucky. Last year saw a huge decline in various types of tits, including blue tits and great tits. Other species such as chaffinches and greenfinches have had equally bad news with numbers falling drastically since the 1990s.

Last year we suffered an incredibly wet winter which meant that there were fewer caterpillars about for birds to feed on, and to pass on to their young. Its likely that this weather was a factor in these falling numbers.

 

What Can We Do About It?

Where once it was thought feeding should be limited to the cold winter months it is now commonly known that all year feeding is definitely the most beneficial. Natural food levels for birds cannot always be guaranteed meaning birds and their young become reliant on the food we can provide.

 

 Nest Boxes for Wild Birds

Another helping hand we can extend is to site nest boxes in our gardens. This offers a warm and safe environment for birds to raise their offspring away from predators. Naturally birds find gaps in woodland, buildings or hedgerows to build their nests. Due to deforestation and other factors such as urban development however an ever increasing amounts cannot find places to live. This is one of the reasons why nest boxes have become so popular in the pursuit of helping rise the population of birds. You can view our nest boxes here. If you need help with installing please don’t hesitate to call us on 01664 823230 or you can read our guide for Siting your nest box.

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