To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2021, simply watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three days. Only count the birds that land, not those flying over. We all like to see wildlife visiting our gardens. As for feathered ones, keep your eyes open for the top 10 most likely-to-be-spotted garden birds!
Everyone can get involved with the big garden bird watch something fun for the kiddies to do while in these difficult times. Watch from the comfort of your home or take a stroll to see how many you can find. Make a note of how many different birds you can see, draw and colour or take pictures to look at later, see the top10 guide and tick off any that you see. Make your own suet cakes they are easy to do with the little one, we will put a video up soon on how to make them.
Our top tips on making your garden an attractive place for birds to stop for a snack. Whether your space is big or small, we’ve got ways you can give garden birds a helping hand.
There are lots of different bird foods available, including mixes for bird feeders and bird tables, as well as for ground feeding:
- Blackbirds mostly feed on the ground and will eat anything – from fatty nibbles to mealworms
- Blue tits and great tits use a feeder, eating seeds as well as suet and peanuts
- Finches, including chaffinches and greenfinches, use both a feeder and a bird table, and they love sunflower hearts
- Look for good quality bird food – those that don’t include ‘fillers’ such as dried peas and beans that birds rarely eat. You’ll find some great mixes in our shop
You can put your bird feeder in all sorts of places, but aim for somewhere:
- Quiet – where birds won’t be disturbed
- Safe – not too close to bushes where cats could hide in wait, but close enough to cover that birds can easily dart to and from
- Sheltered from harsh winds.
Wherever you place your feeder, make sure you can see it when you’re indoors so you can get the most pleasure from it!
Bear in mind, it can take a little bit of time for the birds to get used to a new feeder, so don’t be disappointed if not many birds visit at first.
The Big Garden Bird Watch 29th-31st January 2021