Count the birds that are counting on you

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Greetings Chipsters! It’s a big week for birds in the garden surrounding Dunyelpin’. In fact it’s a big week for birds everywhere because we’re all going to count them – thousands of them.

This weekend is the annual RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch (RSPB stands for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) in which we all count the birds in our gardens as part of a massive nationwide survey.

From the results we’ll be able to tell which species are doing well, which might be in trouble and perhaps be able to discover what we’re doing which affects those numbers – good and bad.

So how does it work? All you need to do is spend an hour of your choice (not when it’s dark!) on Saturday or Sunday counting the birds in your garden or a nearby green space.

You can complete your results on your desktop, laptop or smartphone or even with good, old-fashioned pen and paper.

Keep your eyes peeled and record the highest number of species you see at any one time, rather than adding them all up over the hour, as you may record the same bird twice.

When you’ve filed your results, the RSPB creates a snapshot of the bird numbers in each region across Britain and that paints a bigger picture of what’s happening to our UK bird populations.

You don’t have to be an RSPB member and it’s free to anyone who wants to take part. Go to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch for all the details and how to put names to the birds you see. Chip chip for now. Chipper.