RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

Did you see the Waxwings in Herne Hill this time last year?

Join in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch. It's free. Get the children involved too. It has been run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for over 30 years, and your results will really help the good work they do. Last year, over 600,000 people took part. The biggest ever.


It couldn't be easier to take part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch. All you need is a pen, some scrap paper (or, a printout of the handy bird ID sheet), and an hour to spend watching the birds in your garden, or any park like our local Brockwell park, on either Saturday 28, or Sunday 29 January 2012.


Simply make a note of the highest number of each bird species seen on the ground (not flying over) at any one time, and go back to the Big Garden Birdwatch website to submit your results.


You can also ask questions, and share your tips for a brilliant birdwatch on the friendly RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch community group.


With results from so many green spaces, the RSPB are able to create a 'snapshot' of bird numbers in each region. This is important because they’ve been able to see that some of our birds are disappearing in scary numbers.


We've lost more than half our House Sparrows and some three-quarters of our Starlings. Previous results have helped highlight these dramatic declines. However, these surveys help us spot problems, but more importantly, they are also the first step in putting things right.


Schools can join in too. The Big Schools' Birdwatch is running from 16th-30th January. Check the Big Schools' Birdwatch website here.