RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021: what you need to know

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With lockdown only just started, many people are stuck at home, looking for something to do other than watch box-sets. Just outside, there is a source of entertainment that has always been there… birds.

Birdwatching is an activity that anyone can do from their own home, and the Big Garden Birdwatch starting on the 29th of January is here to encourage everyone to get involved.

What is the Big Garden Birdwatch?

The Big Garden Birdwatch is an annual event run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). It is to encourage people to become interested in their local wildlife.

The RSPB state that taking some time to do some birdwatching, allows you to ‘discover the wildlife on your doorstep’.

How do you take part?

You can sign up on the RSPB’s website. All you need to do is count the birds you see in your garden for one hour, from the 29th to 31st of January. You can choose what hour you will be watching for.

You’ll need a pen and paper at the ready, or you can print off a special RSPB bird ID sheet. Then simply report your findings to the RSPB on their website.

What is Birmingham Eastside doing for the Big Garden Birdwatch?

If you head over to the Birmingham Eastside Instagram and Twitter, over the next few days, we will be posting birds to look out for in your garden, with characteristics to spot. There will be updates every other day, with even more birds.

Birdwatching doesn’t just have to be for an hour at the end of January, you can connect with local wildlife at any time.

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