I first saw the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch advertised last year, but at the time I wasn’t in the UK so I couldn’t take part. However, this year I made sure to get myself some suet balls and put them in the birdfeeder, and sit there for an hour sipping on a nice cup of tea while watching the garden.
I have to say I’m an eager nature-watcher. I can spend long hours watching animals and their behaviour – some might call it animal gossip. I went for it and registered, and by getting an account I was able to upload the data I onto the RSPB website. They had an information pack which could either be sent by mail or downloaded. Obviously, I downloaded it. Now, I can just about tell a grey squirrel and a red squirrel apart, and I thought there would be more guidance. They do have a bird identifier on the webpage, but I found it easier to Google (yay for Google images!) the names of the birds on the form so that I could identify them.
Although in theory it was organised over the weekend – the event just convinced me to do something that I’d been thinking about for a long time – the form can actually be submitted until mid February. I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed it, and have learnt about different species of birds. Why not have a go yourself?