The "world’s largest bird survey" is on again in the UK.
Checking on our feathered friends for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch is important as it boosts the RSPB's 40-plus years of data.
What is the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch?
The Big Garden Birdwatch is basically an annual census of birds across the UK. And, it just takes an hour to help out.
Numbers of native birds have plummeted, with 19million fewer pairs of breeding birds in the UK compared to the late 1960s, warns the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The wildlife charity is holding the count to gauge the current bird population.
Results will show whether species are struggling, or – hopefully – recovering.
Conservation efforts have, for example, resulted in increased populations of cirl buntings, stone-curlews and corncrakes.
But if some bird numbers are dropping, then action can be taken to help them survive.
When is the Big Garden Birdwatch?
The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place from Friday, January 29 till Sunday, January 31, 2021.
How can I take part?
It's really easy to join in the national bird count:
- Choose any hour between January 29-31
- Count the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony
- Ignore any birds still in flight
- Submit results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from January 29 until February 19
How do I watch the Big Garden Birdwatch live?
The charity says that experts from across the UK will bring photos, footage and facts about the birds they see.
They'll also answer any questions, plus, there’ll be live quizzes, and "familiar faces throughout the weekend".
Friday, January 29:
- Live launch from 9-9.30am, featuring ex-RSPB Wales species officer, TV and radio presenter Iolo Williams and the charity's CEO, Rebecca Speight
- From 7-8pm there is the Big Garden Birdwatch Big Quiz, with Sunday Times best selling author, Dr Amir Khan, TV & radio presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff and Scala Radio presenter Simon Mayo
Saturday, January 30:
- The RSPB is scheduled to show the Big Garden Birdwatch live on Saturday, January 30, on its YouTube channel from 9am-4pm
- From 10am on Saturday, wildlife TV presenters and conservationists Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin will be reporting live from New Forest
Sunday, January 31:
- From 9am the charity's live wildlife cams from up and down the country can be enjoyed via YouTube and will continue streaming till 4pm
- 10am – Notes on Nature TV Live with hosts Jamie and Kabir for a light-hearted look at the world of wildlife, and the photos you’ve been taking, with visits from special guests
- 1pm – Luke & Samuel from RSPB HQ answer wildlife-related questions. Plus Lizzie Daly joins live from south Wales
- 1.30pm – Live cameras continue streaming up until 4pm
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