This year we are doing a survey called the BTO Garden BirdWatch.
The BTO Garden Birdwatch is a survey run by the British Trust for Ornitholgy (BTO). It’s to find out how birds are getting on in gardens. You have to do it every week if possible. You have to count the birds which come to your garden during the week. You count the most of any type of bird you see at any one time. Then you have to submit your results on the BTO’s website. There are also questions about other wildlife in the garden like mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles.
So far this week we’ve seen: 6 house sparrows, 2 wood pigeons, 2 goldfinches, 2 blue tits, 1 dunnock, 8 starlings, 1 great tit, 2 chaffinches, 2 greenfinches, 2 magpies, 1 blackbird, 2 robins and 1 collared dove. We’ve also seen 1 hedgehog, 1 grey squirrel, 1 cat, 1 unidentified bumblebee, 1 buff-tailed bumblebee and lots of frogspawn.
On some other weeks we’ve seen a blackcap, a sparrowhawk, a wren, a crow and long-tailed tits.
The BTO Garden Birdwatch is different from the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch because you do it every week and in the Big Garden Birdwatch you only get to put what birds you see in your garden in one hour but in the BTO Garden Birdwatch you get to put on all the birds you see during the week.
The BTO Garden Birdwatch is important because it means they can find out how wildlife is using gardens and how the wildlife living in gardens is changing so they can find out ways to improve the places where people live to help wildlife as much as possible.
If you’ve got a garden, you can take part in the BTO Garden Birdwatch too if you want!