Join the Big Garden Birdwatch from the comfort of your home

Sefton residents looking for an activity to get involved in from home during lockdown, are being encouraged by Green Sefton to take part in the RSPB’s nationwide Big Garden Birdwatch.

To join in, people need to choose just one hour over this weekend, Friday 29th to Sunday 31st January, to count the number of birds they see. This can be in their garden or from their doorstep, window or balcony overlooking a greenspace or yard.

While lockdown restrictions remain in place, many residents and visitors who would normally undertake nature walks or visit Sefton’s Local Nature Reserves, may want to see what they can spot from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The Green Sefton team will be sharing some of their favourite birds (like the robin pictured below) that people might just be able to spot themselves across the borough on the council’s social media channels, as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend.

A garden Robin perched on a plant pot

People can join the conversation online on the council’s social media channels – TwitterFacebook and Instagram – and enjoy some incredible wildlife sightings without having to leave home.

The RSPB uses the annual Birdwatch results to increase their understanding of the challenges faced by wildlife, and what might be causing problems for certain types of birds.

People can visit the RSPB website to find bird ID charts, tips for conducting a count and how to submit results online.

John Dempsey, Green Sefton Engagement Officer, said: “With everyone urged to stay close to home, there’s never been a better opportunity to enjoy the winter visitors outside your window during the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

“Whether you have a garden or yard it’s surprising what you can see in Sefton – many of our homes are relatively close to coastal nature reserves or rich farmland, and birds frequently commute from these areas for easier pickings on feeders and bird tables in winter.

“It really doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned bird spotter or you don’t know your Blackbird from your Greenfinch, the Big Garden Birdwatch is a great way to enjoy your surroundings, learn a little about the nature on your doorstep and also provide the RSPB with valuable information it can use to track the fortunes of the nation’s wildlife.

“It could be an hour that transforms your life – good spotting all!”

In Sefton, there are a number of Local Nature Reserves home to an array of wildlife including RSPB Marshside, which is home to many species including Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwing, Pink-footed Geese and Wigeon.

The council’s Green Sefton team works alongside many organisations to undertake important conservation work on its coastal and countryside locations. Find out more on the main Sefton Council website.  

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