The biggest wildlife survey in the world is back. The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on Saturday and Sunday – and it needs your help.
Now in its 31st year, with half a million people taking part annually, it’s that time of year again to count our country’s garden birds.
In Merseyside last year, over 5,000 people participated across nearly 3,000 parks and gardens and this year we are hoping for even more – particularly in Wirral.
Carolyn Jarvis, the RSPB’s People Engagement Manager for Northern England said: “Big Garden Birdwatch is a great activity for everyone, especially in this cold weather as you can take part by just looking out your kitchen window, cradling a hot drink and some tasty biscuits.
“By giving up just one hour of your day, you can make a real difference to our knowledge of garden birds. From the results we can tell the ones that are doing well from those that need our help.”
If you don’t have a garden or fancy making a weekend of it, try making bird feeders from recycled household goods or delicious bird cakes.
Find out how at Eastham County Park on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am - 4pm.
There’s a guided walk of the park, plus a chance for little ones to make a bird feeder, enter a prize draw competition, and watch the birds visiting the feeders – they’re expecting siskin, nuthatch, goldcrest, jay and great spotted woodpeckers.
Details are available from 0151 336 7681.
Over at Ness Botanic Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, there’s more bird-related fun with a chance for the kids to make a bird feeder, enter a prize draw competition, and watch the birds visiting the feeders.
Both days run from 10am - 4pm, with a guided walk of the gardens 11am and 2pm.
Call Ness Botantic gardens for more details on 0151 353 0123.
To find out more about these events and others in your area, as well as how to take part in the survey, visit: www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330.