RSPB wants pubs to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch

This year the RSPB in the South East is adding a new twist to its annual Big Garden Birdwatch, during the weekend of 26 and 27 January, by encouraging pubs with beer gardens to get involved.

The charity is asking people to take part in their own gardens, but for those without a green space, or those who want to do a second survey – a beer garden would be a fun alternative.

RSPB senior community fundraiser in the South East Nichola Willett said: “By the end of January, we’re often feeling a little fed up and a trip to the pub with friends may be hovering on the agenda.

“So the opportunity to settle down by a window, or in a conservatory, with a glass of something chilled to watch and count the birds, could be just the excuse we need.”

“The RSPB are looking for volunteers to help organise a ‘Big Pub Garden Birdwatch’ event in their local pub, or similar venue.

“As well as approaching the landlord of the pub, it may be necessary to put up a few feeders and ensure they are topped up regularly over the coming weeks, to attract as many birds as possible.”

Nichola added: “We’d send you all the resources you’ll need - survey forms, posters etc, and of course give you ongoing support and advice all the way.”

If you know a local pub to approach contact Nichola on 01273 763614 or nichola.willett@rspb.org.uk. Further details on the Big Garden Birdwatch can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

To take part just spend an hour over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend noting the highest number of each bird species seen in the chosen garden or local park at any one time. You then have three weeks to submit results to the RSPB, either online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or in the post.