Bird watching

Count the Birds

It was the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. This was a true citizen science project when we are asked to spend an hour counting the number of birds and species that visit our garden, window box feeder, local park or open space.

Several Vale residents are keen bird watchers while others have taken part in the Birdwatch for the first time in recent years and enjoyed the experience. There are lots of studies that show how much being amongst nature can benefit our mental and physical wellbeing. 

Participating in the Big Garden Birdwatch and reporting your findings will help build an invaluable picture of how of our birds are doing and help the RSPB come up with ways to help them. Many of our once common birds, like sparrows, are in serious decline in our cities. A shocking 38 million birds, across various species, have disappeared from the UK’s skies in the last 50 years.

The RSPB has a handy free identification guide that can be downloaded from their website https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

So you will soon be able to tell a house sparrow from a dunnock, several of which are regular visitors to The Vale’s grounds