Monday, 20 November 2017

Join weekend of bird watching

RESIDENTS of South Oxfordshire are being urged to join in the world’s largest wildlife survey.

RESIDENTS of South Oxfordshire are being urged to join in the world’s largest wildlife survey.

More than half a million people are expected to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend by watching and counting their garden birds.

They will be providing conservation scientists with valuable data about the changes in numbers of birds using our gardens in winter.

Dr Daniel Hayhow, RSPB conservation scientist, said: “With so many people now taking part, the results we get from gardens are very valuable and as the format of the survey has always been the same, this data can be compared year-on-year.

“The results help us create an annual ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK, which, combined with more than 30 years of data, allows us to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing.”

For the third year running, the charity is asking participants to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens throughout the year, such as hedgehogs, foxes, stoats and squirrels.

The RSPB will share the results with Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the Mammal Society to add to their species databases.

For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch



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