Eyes to the skies for birdwatch
Kent residents are being encouraged to take part in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch (BGBW).
In 2013, the biggest garden wildlife survey in the world saw almost 600,000 people across the UK count the birds in their garden.
This year, for the first time, people can use their mobiles and tablets to take part.
It’s hoped the survey, taking place this Saturday and Sunday, will show a drop in the decline of garden favourites.
Starlings hit an all-time low in the 2012 BGBW but their numbers sunk by a further 16% last year. House sparrows, which are of high conservation concern, dropped by 17% compared to 2012, while bullfinches and dunnocks fell by 20% and 13% respectively.
BGBW, which has been running for 35 years, provides the RSPB with masses of information about changes in garden bird numbers in winter, and helps to alert conservationists to significant declines in UK garden species.
Schools are also getting involved with a special Big Schools’ Birdwatch (BSBW) taking place until February 14.
Visit www.rspb.org.uk/ birdwatch and for BSBW go to www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch