The world’s largest wildlife survey, the Big Garden Birdwatch, starts this month. It’s the perfect opportunity for you or an elderly loved-one to get involved with an easy activity that can be done from the comfort of your own home.
If you’ve read our blog post, you’ll know all about the benefits of birdwatching for the elderly, so we’re encouraging you to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch from January 25 – 27.
It’s easy to take part. Spend an hour during the three dates in your garden or local park and count the birds you see land. Note down each bird species you see and report your findings back to the RSPB at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/. Results can also be sent via post.
You might enjoy birdwatching so much that you take it up as a regular hobby. We certainly encourage our elderly service users to give it a go, as it can be mentally very beneficial.
You can sign up for the Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 here.
The Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps it understand how birds are doing.
The scientific data can be compared year-on-year creating a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.
For four decades, the Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It was one of the first surveys to alert the RSPB to the decline in the number of song thrushes in gardens. This species was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979, but by 2019 numbers of song thrushes seen in gardens had declined by 76%, coming in at number 20.
You can also read the RSPB’s top tips on making your garden a more attractive place for birds here.