BIRD lovers throughout the Midhurst and Petworth area taking part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch should watch how the birds use their garden as well as watching the birds themselves, urged the RSPB.
“Seeing things through the eyes of a bird will help you to understand exactly how they use outdoor spaces, spot anything that makes it an unsafe or inhospitable place, and allow you to improve the ways you give nature a home when spring arrives,” said RSPB conservation scientist, Dr Daniel Hayhow.
More than half a million people are expected to watch and count birds during this weekend’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is now in its 36th year.
The survey provides important information about the changes in numbers of birds using gardens in winter, and helps alert conservationists to struggling species, such as house sparrows, greenfinches and starlings.
Experts are interested to see how the mixed weather conditions around the UK affect bird number in different areas. Will numbers be low because natural food sources in the countryside are abundant, or will birds appear in their droves to make the most of garden feeders?
RSPB scientists are keen that, whatever the weather, as many people as possible take part.
“Daniel continued: “look at how the birds approach your feeders using the various trees, shrubs and bushes. Making your garden more nature-friendly is the best way you can help the birds and other wildlife that use it.”
You can register to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch and find out more by visiting RSPB website