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24th May, 2022

Warwickshire nature lovers invited to take part in world’s largest wildlife survey

NATURE lovers in Warwickshire are being urged to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch returns for its 43rd year next weekend (January 28-30).

The UK’s biggest citizen science project has been recording the winners and losers in the garden bird world for over four decades with the help of half a million people, and the RSPB is counting on Warwickshire residents to join in once more.

Last year, more than 8,000 Warwickshire residents joined in to help make it the biggest Birdwatch ever – with the house sparrow the most commonly seen garden bird in the county, followed by the blue tit and woodpigeon.

Warwickshire residents are being encouraged to attract birds to their gardens for the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend.

Residents are asked to spend an hour over the weekend recording the birds that land as seen from their windows, balconies or gardens, and submitting their results to the charity.

RSPB Chief Executive Beccy Speight said: “We were blown away by the enthusiasm with which people took part in the Birdwatch in 2021.

“We know that for many people, garden birds provide an important connection to the wider natural world and bring enormous joy. Over the last year, there has been a broad and much-needed realisation that nature is an important and necessary part of our lives especially for our mental health and wellbeing. But nature needs us too.

“By taking part in the Birdwatch, you are helping to build an annual snapshot of how our birdlife is doing across the UK. It is only by us understanding how our wildlife is faring that we can protect it. We know that nature is in crisis but together, we can take action to solve the problems facing nature.

“Whether you saw one blackbird, twenty starlings or no birds whatsoever, it is really valuable information as it helps us build a picture of how our garden birds are faring from one year to the next.”

The data collected during the Big Garden Birdwatch will create a snapshot of bird numbers across the UK and how they have fared since the project began. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch for more information and to submit results.

Teachers can make use of the charity’s resources for RSPB’s parallel event, the Big Schools Birdwatch, which is running until February 21. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch for more information.

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