PEOPLE living in city centre apartments look away. Or, failing that, look even harder.
The world’s biggest garden wildlife survey swoops in this weekend and more people on Merseyside than ever before are being urged to take part.
Now in its 35th year, the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch (January 25-26) is a popular event for all ages. The drill goes like this: count the birds in your garden or local park for one hour over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and tell the RSPB what you see.
But this year, there is a difference. For the first time, the RSPB wants to hear about the other wildlife in your garden or park to create an even better picture of what is happening to our wildlife.It's more than a nice way to idly spend an hour. With many of the UK's most common garden birds and other creatures in steep decline, the charity says it needs participation more than ever.
Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director says: “Winter has felt more like autumn for many of us and this could have a significant impact on the number of birds in our gardens.
“Birds come into gardens for food when they can’t find it in the wider countryside but if insects and berries continue to be available long into winter, numbers visiting gardens may be down. The Big Garden Birdwatch will be really interesting this year and will be a good indication of just how much the weather affects their behaviour.
“The key thing for the RSPB is that even if you feel you don’t have as many birds in your garden compared to normal, we still desperately need your results."
Starlings hit an all time low in the 2013 Birdwatch with their numbers sinking by a further 16 per cent from 2012. Numbers of house sparrows, which are of high conservation concern, dropped by 17 per cent in gardens, compared to 2012, whilst numbers of bullfinches and dunnocks were down by 20 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.
A Big Garden Birdwatch website has been launched and participants will be able to record the birds as they see them directly onto a laptop, tablet or smartphone with an online bird counting tool or send results in the post.
This Sunday at10am, the more enthusiastic can join the Liverpool Liverbirds RSPB Wildlife Explorers outside the visitor centre at Pex Hill, Widnes, to watch away.
Big Garden Birdwatch results 2013 – top 20
Average per garden
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