Each year the RSPB runs a national recording of birds seen in gardens around the country. This gives information that reveals trends in bird populations and with 60% of monitored wildlife species having declined over the past 50 years, recording by us in our gardens is important for the development of conservation policies.
The RSPB report that the bird species with the biggest decline is the Willow Tit with the population falling 93% between 1970 and 2010.
In 2014, the Big Garden Birdwatch was on the weekend of 25th/26th January. If you don’t take part on the day, the sheet given out can be used all year round as an aid to you for recording birds in your own garden.