This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021. We are hoping that we can join together as a Whole School and enjoy an hour with nature and discover the wildlife on our doorsteps, and join thousands of other people across the UK taking part to see the drama unfold.
We might not be able to get together with loved ones at the moment, but we can make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of our own homes.
Everyone can take part for free, whether you’re a novice birdwatcher, or a seasoned pro. Here’s what to do:
1 – Pick a time
You can choose any hour between 29 and 31 January. So whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you can still take part.
2 – Tell RSPB what you see.
Count the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony*. Ignore any birds that are still in flight. To avoid double-counting, just record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not a running total.
*This year the advice is to take part in the safety of your own home. This could include a birdwatch from your window if you overlook a green space or courtyard.
3 – Submit your results.
Online: You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 29 January until 19 February.
Every count is important so, if you don’t see anything, please still submit your result. Finding out which birds don’t visit your area is as important as understanding those which do!