The Big Garden Birdwatch

11 . 01 . 21

Keep yourself entertained this lockdown by taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch! The survey is something you can do from your own home at any time during the day between the 29th and 31st January!

All you need to do is pick an hour that best suits you, whether that be early in the morning, late at night or anywhere in between. Once you’ve selected your time, all you need to do is count and record the birds that land in your garden. To avoid double counting your feathered friends, just record the highest number of any one species that lands in your garden at any given time.

Taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch helps the RSPB with their data. Over the past 40 years they have been able to see if species numbers are increasing or decreasing. With the help of our date, the RSPB can spot any problem areas and work to find a solution.

If you’d like to lend a helping hand to this wonderful cause, visit the link here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/everything-you-need-to-know-about-big-garden-birdwatch/ to download any of their helpful resources and to upload your results. If you get the opportunity to take any photos, we’d love to see what birds have appeared in your gardens. Just tag us in your photos using these handles:  

Making your garden bird friendly

We have a selection of bird feeders, bird food and bird tables available in store at Rosebourne. These will be available for you to pick up when you next do your food shop with us. However, if you’re isolating during the current lockdown, you can always try your hand at making your own. Bird feeders can be made using a handful of materials but we have popped a recipe for a bird fat cake feeder below, give it a go and let us know how it turns out:

Ingredients

  • Lard or suet (room temperature)
  • Handful of bird seed
  • Handful of peanuts (unsalted)
  • Grated cheese or raisins
  • Dry leftovers (oats, bread or cake)
  • Old clean yoghurt pots and string 

Instructions

  1. Use one part fat to two parts dry mixture.
  2. Melt fat if it’s hard
  3. Mix all ingredients
  4. Make a small hole in the bottom of the yoghurt pot, thread the string through and secure with a knot
  5. Fill the pots with your mixture
  6. Place it in the fridge and wait for it to set
  7. Once set, cut away the yoghurt pot – leaving the string in place
  8. Tie the string to a tree branch and wait for your first bird to come along