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World’s Biggest Wildlife Survey

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birdwatching surveyIf you’re in the UK this weekend you’ll be able to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey.  

All you have to do is watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour over the weekend of 26 – 27 January 2013 and send the results to the RSPB.

Over half a million people are expected to take part in this 34th Big Garden Birdwatch and the RSPB will use the information to continue to monitor bird populations in the UK.

Check out their website for full instructions and some interesting statistics from earlier surveys.

For example, between 1979 and 2012, the following bird populations have declined in the UK:

  • starlings (by an amazing 80%)
  • house sparrows (by 67%)
  • robins (by 32%)

And the following bird populations have increased over the same period:

  • blue tits (by 20%)
  • woodpigeons (by a whopping 800% !!)

As well as providing some useful data, it’s a good excuse to swot up on your bird identification skills (I’m off to start revising right now).  Schools are also invited to take part between 21 January and 1 February 2013, and the RSPB website has lots of downloadable resources to help.   Happy birdwatching!

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2 thoughts on “World’s Biggest Wildlife Survey

  1. Count me in, sounds like a great idea!

    • We’ll be bird counting too this weekend. Make sure you read the RSPB instructions – you have to count the highest number of each bird species in your garden at the same time. Don’t count the the total number of each bird species during the hour because the same bird might visit your garden more than once. And only birds that land in your garden count, not those flying over. Have fun!

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