For all you avid twitchers out there, this weekend (29th – 31st January) is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

The RSPB is asking you to sit and look at your garden for an hour, recording how many birds you see and what their different species are.  This is an important annual event which helps to track the size and distribution of the populations of different species of bird across the UK.  They now have over 40 years worth of data, which has helped their understanding of the various challenges faced by wildlife.

You can find out more on the RSPB website ( where they have everything you need to be able to take part – including a garden bird identifier for those of you who don’t know your sparrows from your thrushes!

You will also find full instructions for your birdwatch as well as many different sources of information about how to feed you local garden birds and how to attract more to your garden on the RSPB site (link above).  There’s even a quiz to find out which type of bird you would be.  Turns out, I’m a robin!

Speaking of robins, here is a picture I took of a robin on my washing line last week when we had snow!

Until next time, keep calm, keep twitching and apply some Science!