argylesock says… I’ll do this. Will you?
More than half a million people are expected to be watching their garden birds the weekend (25-26 January), for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
It’s the biggest wildlife survey in the world and this year participants are being asked to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens too, including deer, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, frogs and toads.
Also new for 2014, is the RSPB’s LIVE bird counter, making it even easier to take part. The counter can be accessed from the RSPB website and doesn’t even need to be downloaded – simply take your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the window, enter the birds you see as you see them, while the clock counts down your hour.
Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director says: ”Winter has felt more like autumn for many of us and this could have a significant impact on the number of birds in our gardens.
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In what part of the UK would one be likely to see toads in January? I won’t see any until April at the earliest.
The RSPB advert says, ‘Participants don’t have to actually count the other species like hedgehogs and frogs during the birdwatch hour; just tell the RSPB whether they have ever seen them in their gardens, at any time of year.’ So I’ll report the hedgehogs which bred under my kitchen window.
Ok that makes sense.
I did this yesterday and saw…. nothing. It was an awful day with strong winds and lots of rain, so the birds that I hear singing in our hedge every morning and evening obviously did the sensible thing and hid away somewhere. Ah well, there is always next year!