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article imageBig garden bird watch is this weekend

By Tim Sandle     Jan 24, 2014 in Environment
Each January in the U.K. a survey of birds in gardens and parks us undertaken. Called the Big Garden Bird Watch, the event is organized by the charity RSPB.
Bird populations are a good indicator of the health of the countryside and surveying them is also important to see which populations are rising and which are in decline. This year marks the 35th Big Garden Bird Watch, an event focused on citizen environmentalism where people are asked to count the different birds that they see over the period of an hour.
Last year some 590,000 people took part and around 8.2 million birds were counted. Participants provide vital information about British birds. In 2013, for example, the results alerted conservationists to further declines in numbers of starlings, sparrows and bullfinches
The requirements are simple. The RSPB is asking people to spend an hour over the weekend of 25-26 January counting the birds their garden or local park. A handy identifier sheet is available via the RSPB website. The RSPB is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a charitable organization founded in 1889.
Commenting on the initiative, RSPB president Miranda Krestovnikoff has told The Guardian that: “It’s easy to take part and great fun. I can’t wait to settle down with my children and a cup of tea and we’ll eagerly await some of our regular visitors. We’re all hoping that our nuthatch and bullfinch pay a visit during our hour.
“The RSPB urgently needs as many people to take part as possible. The more people that get involved, the more we’ll be able to understand which of our wildlife is most under threat and take action.”
Once the tally has been made, the results can either be posted on-line or mailed back. Further details can be found via the RSPB website.
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