January 25th-26th 2014, time for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch; the world's biggest wildlife survey which everyone can take part in! The survey has been running since 1979 and asks members of the public to count the birds they see in their garden for just one hour, during the weekend, to help the conservation charity chart the trend in increasing and declining bird populations.
To find out more and to take part pop onto www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or drop into your nearest RSPB reserve this weekend to pick up a leaflet. You can even join the conversation on Twitter with #birdwatch. You don't need to be a bird expert to take part, all the help and advice on attracting birds and identifying them is available on the website and if you don't have a garden you can do the count in a local park or green space too!
I took part by doing a birdwatch in my own garden this morning, when I suddenly spotted a flock of hungry birds nipping in for their breakfast.
Whilst counting portly Pigeons and acrobatic Blue Tits, I was listening to BBC Sussex radio station, where Mark Carter was presenting his Saturday Breakfast show.
Earlier this week Mark Carter, and sports presenter John Lees, visited RSPB reserve Pulborough Brooks (West Sussex) to try out the fantastic food in the cafe (namely Bacon Pudding) and chat about the Big Garden Birdwatch, for this weekend's show.
When not writing or sharing photos on this blog, I work at the reserve (as Visitor Services Trainee, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund) and took a few minutes out to chat to John and Mark about the big event.
You can listen again to the show at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01pwmqh . (I appear at approx 2hr42min through, near the end of the program.)
Whilst your listening to the show, here are some photos from my Big Garden Birdwatch!
Note: apologies for the lower quality, photos were taken through (slightly grubby) window!