Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

by on Jan.24, 2012, under Birdwatching, Northumberland

If you take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, e-mail us a list of what you saw and we’ll give a prize to whoever sends us the biggest list.

As a business, and as individuals, we submit our wildlife sightings to various organisations and get involved in several surveys; every month we send in our bird records to our local bird club, we take part in the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and walk from Cresswell to East Chevington once a month counting grebes, cormorants, shags, herons, wading birds and wildfowl, we survey East Chevington each winter as part of the Icelandic-breeding Goose census and, of course, there’s the Northeast Cetacean Project database which we manage.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is one of our favourites though.  We take a fairly laid-back approach to it (actually that’s not entirely true – there’s a certain element of competition to see who can add the trickier species to the list); bacon sandwiches, mugs of coffee and an hour birdwatching in our southeast Northumberland garden.

Why not get involved?  The instructions for the survey are simple, you only need 1 hour to complete the birdwatching bit of the survey (and the data entry is very straightforward) and it’s got to be one of the easiest ways to get involved in surveying and make a contribution to a project that has been running for 30 years.


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