Big Garden Birdwatch
The Big Garden Birdwatch is held over 3 days, from 26th – 28th January and we’re delighted to be supporting the event once again.
The event started back in 1979 as a way of encouraging the RSPB’s junior members to get involved and has gone from strength to strength! Now over half a million people regularly take part in the big garden birdwatch and spend a quiet hour counting the wildlife in their garden. Counting the birds in your garden allows the RSPB to monitor trends and give an understanding of how the birds are doing. With results from so many gardens, they are able to create a snapshot of bird numbers across the UK.
It’s not just birds that are facing difficulties… it’s also badgers, snakes and other animals too. So the RSPB ask for information on other wildlife too.
Last year, more than 420,000 people all over the UK counted an incredible 6,764,475 birds! The top three birds:
- Blue Tit
You can join in by registering now for your FREE pack here
or pop in to see us at the information desk for a form.
In the winter, you will find more species of birds visiting your garden than any other time of year. Resident birds and winter visitors will be forced to travel far and wide in the search for food to survive. As the garden birds struggle with the freezing conditions it is a good idea to provide them with a bird box, so that they can conserve energy to search for food. In the winter, you will find more species of birds visiting your garden than any other time of year. Resident birds and winter visitors will be forced to travel far and wide in the search for food to survive. As the garden birds struggle with the freezing conditions it is a good idea to provide them with a bird box, so that they can conserve energy to search for food.
National Nest Box Week
National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14th – 21st February, and after more than 15 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar. Natural nesting sites such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing, so our native birds need our help! The aims of the event are to encourage us to put up nest boxes in our local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.
Here at Burston we have a fantastic range of bird boxes!
You can find more information about National Nest Box Week here:
Spot the Birdie!
In the upcoming Half term week we will be holding our next family events on Monday 18th, Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd February. We’re combining two of our favourite activities – art and wildlife! We have the choice of two activities – paint your own bird feeder plus we have a new event this year with the ever popular rock decorating!
Pre-bookable tickets will be available online, with each activity charged at £2. Click here for more info. Last year we saw some wonderful designs, so we’re really looking forward to seeing what your budding artists come up with! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Hope to see you there!