Nature charity RSPB is encouraging local families to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey this new year. The Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for everyone to help nature by donating just one hour to count the birds and other wildlife in their gardens. The data gathered from this survey provides a vital health check of the wildlife that makes its home here. In 2016 the House sparrow swooped into top spot in Scotland, but which feathered friend will be flying high after the 2017 count? Register to take part at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch and spend one hour counting the birds you see at any time during January 28, 29 or 30. You can also use the handy online bird counting tool on the website to identify and record the birds as you see them directly on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Children can also get involved by counting the birds which visit their school grounds until February 17.
Teachers can get involved in Big Schools’ Birdwatch at rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch