The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch – 26/27 January

Scottish gardeners and allotmenteers are being asked to join half a million people across the UK in spending an hour spying on their bird neighbours to help make the 2008 Big Garden Birdwatch another record-breaking event. In 2007, more than 27,500 people took part in the survey in Scotland, helping reveal the winners and losers in the garden bird world.

The Big Garden Birdwatch aims to find out which birds are the most common visitors to UK gardens in winter. It also keeps an eye on how others are faring and produces a snapshot of winter bird populations. It’s really easy to get involved, either by taking part through the RSPB’s website www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or by requesting a paper survey form by calling the RSPB on 0131 311 6500.

Jonathan Osborne, RSPB Scotland’s Public Affairs Manager, said: “The survey is fun , easy and only takes an hour to complete. It’s a great way for people to contribute to a significant piece of wildlife research without even having to leave the comfort of their homes.”

Participants in the Big Garden Birdwatch have made a significant contribution to monitoring garden bird numbers over the past three decades. The results highlight that some garden birds are in need of help.

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