Islanders Asked To Help With RSPB Bird Count

greenfinchIslanders are being asked to help the RSPB create their annual snapshot of birds and wildlife seen in British gardens.

Local organiser Jaclyn Pearson says they want you to give up just an hour of the upcoming weekend, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January, to record what you see out of your window.

The Big Garden Bird Watch survey has been running for almost 40 years and this is the third year that they’re also asking about other wildlife visiting your garden – everything from woodlice to hedgehogs and shrews.

Jaclyn says it’s important because it helps the organisation to build a picture of how essential gardens are in providing a home for our birds and animals.

Last year, 8.5m birds were recorded across the UK, with the house sparrow topping the list.

But there were a few surprises too. The data showed that greenfinches are suffering badly on the mainland, due to a disease that affects their ability to feed.

But here on Scilly, the population seems to be protected and are doing relatively well.

It was the fifth most sighted bird in the islands last year, but it failed to make the UK top 10.

To sign up and download a survey form, visit the RSPB website.

Jaclyn is also running a Big School Bird Watch on Monday. She says any students are welcome to come and take part at the Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre during their lunch break.