One of the many benefits of having a well-looked after garden is being able to watch nature from the comfort of your house.
Indeed, many gardening enthusiasts do not just look after their plants and hedges, they fit bird boxes and bug houses to attract creatures to their backyard and watch nature flourish there.
That is why many people are likely to be gearing up for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)’s Big Garden Birdwatch later this month.
The event is taking place between January 25th and 27th, and people all over the country are expected to look out for their feathered friends over the three days.
Half a million volunteers are expected to take part in the campaign, spending one hour watching birds in order to help the RSPB track different species more accurately across the country.
A spokesperson for the RSPB said: “Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing. As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year, making your results very valuable to our scientists.”
Since it launched in 1979, it has become the world’s largest wildlife survey, and encourages residents up and down the UK to count birds that land in the garden or park and record the information.
Last year, it alerted the organisation to the problem of declining song thrush numbers in the UK. While it was one of the top ten most spotted birds in 1979, its appearance has dropped by 76 per cent, and last year only came in at number 20.
The findings of 2019 also revealed the house sparrow is the most commonly sighted bird, followed by the starling, the blue tit and the blackbird.
To make sure your garden is a haven for birds, consider turfing in Lancashire and planting mature shrubs and trees in your backyard.