Big Garden Birdwatch predicted to be the biggest ever

The RSPB is predicting its Big Garden Birdwatch, the annual volunteer survey where bird-lovers around the country log visits to their garden or local park, will be the biggest so far held.

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The charity has ramped up its publicity, using Facebook to supplement more traditional crowd-pullers such as press and TV advertising, and is confident of topping the half million people who took part last year.

“We’re anticipating that this will be the biggest one yet," say organisers. "Big Garden Birdwatch is a great way to get adults, children and families involved with enjoying nature in their very own back garden.”

Go here to register – all you need to do to take part is log the birds that visit your garden or local park over a one-hour period on either January 29th or 30th and report your finding back to the RSPB on the Big Garden Birdwatch website.

Registering on the Birdwatch site also entitles you to a 10 per cent discount on bird food, while anyone who goes a step further and actually joins the RSPB as an adult or family member by March 31st gets a free RSPB classic apex nest box.