TAKE PART IN BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH
Do you have a favourite avian visitor? Perhaps a familiar robin or a colourful ‘charm’ of goldfinches? Every January since 1979, the RSPB has asked us to count the birds in our gardens. More than half a million people take part annually, helping the charity to spot issues and safeguard the future of British birds. Over the past few decades, some interesting trends have emerged – the decline of starlings, for example, whose numbers are three-quarters of what they were in the late 1970s. On the other hand, blue tit populations have increased by 20 per cent – something experts believe is partly due to garden feeders and nesting boxes helping them to survive winter. For information, visit rspb.org.uk.