Next weekend (26-27 Jan) is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which they claim to be the world’s biggest bird survey. It’s a great idea, as it’s a very simple survey that absolutely anyone can do, and that only takes an hour of people’s time for the comfort of their own homes. It has highlighted some shocking trends, such as house sparrow numbers falling by 52%, and starlings by 76%.
The surveying weekend will be preceded this weekend by a number of events at reserves around the country, to give people more information. This includes a day at Old Moor tomorrow, which I’m volunteering at and very much looking forward to.