Another year has flown by and it is time for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. This year youngsters at the Bright Kids Nursery in Crabbs Cross will be spotting the feathered friends as they fly into the garden at the back of the setting. Pre-school children at the nursery have been preparing for the event with an eye-spy bird week, trying to find different birds in the garden. They have also made feeders, hoping to attract more birds to the outdoor area at the setting. Katie Buckley, deputy manager /and preschool leader, said the children enjoy trying to spot the different birds.
She said: “We are going to link this in with our Inspire Workshop, which we will be holding on Tuesday, February 21 and it will have the theme of The Big Bird Watch. Parents will be invited in to make bird houses and feeders using real tools and wood as parents and children will be able to use the Tools 4 Kids tool kit. The workshop will be 9.30 to 11am and the babies will be practising their tumbles with the soft play tunnels, and doing lots of other activities to develop their all-round physical skills.”
The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is where people are asked to spend just one hour keeping track of the birds and animals that visit their gardens, window boxes and local parks. As usual, the results will be out in March and the data will be used to help the RSPB decide which birds they need to focus their conservation work on in the future. Last year more than 519,000 people counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds.
Here are last years Top 5 spottings for England:
1 – House Sparrow
2 – Blue Tit
3 – Starling
4 – Blackbird
5 – Woodpigeon