Every year, the RSPB holds a ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ project which encourages people across the UK to count how many birds they get in their garden allowing the RSPB to monitor bird trends.
This year, why not take the experiment into your own garden and get the kids involved? They’ll love spotting the different birds coming and going from their garden and they’ll learn some interesting facts along the way.
Here are our top tips on spotting birds in your garden:
Keep to the Birdwatchers code – Following the birdwatchers code is good practise for you and your family whilst looking for birds either in your garden or out in the countryside
Don’t worry if you can’t identify the bird straight away. Invest in a field guide to help you identify the bird or get your child to create their very own bird book to track what birds they have seen. They’ll need to write down the size, shape, colour and habitat of the bird. You can then use your field guide or the internet to identify the bird later on
You don’t need fancy technology to look at the birds, but if you want to have a closer look invest in a telescope or binoculars. There are plenty of kid’s versions available for those little eyes
Place bird feeding stations or a bird bath in your garden to encourage the birds to rest and feed
Be quiet. Birds are easily scared by noise so it’s important to teach your children to be quiet when on the look out for them
Good luck! We’d love to hear in the comments below which birds you and your children have spotted recently!