I joined hundreds of thousands of others around the Country this morning by taking part in the 30th Big Garden Birdwatch organised by the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Birdwatching is one of my hobbies and both Sue and I are Life Members of the RSPB.
The way that the Big Garden Birdwatch operates is that participants have to record the maximum number of each individual species of birds that they see during a one hour period. I began by downloading the Personal Record Sheet from the RSPB’s website, this is not essential but it makes for easy recording of the results. Then having topped up the food in our garden bird feeders I began to observe. The start was slow and I realised that a neighbours feline was relaxing on the garden wall once it had moved in the activity began. You only record the birds that actually land in the garden so that excludes any seen flying over. The highlight was the arrival of a pair of long-tailed tits. The fact that their was only two was unusual because normally the long-tailed tits arrive in a small flock often of 10 to 12.
My full results were House sparrow 8, Blue Tit 5, Long-tailed tit 2, Blackbird 1, Coal tit 1, Dunnock 1, Great Tit 1, Robin 1.
I then submitted my results to the RSPB via their website and I look forward to reading the collective national results in a couple of months once they have all been collated.
Last Wednesday I attended a meeting of the Bury West Local Area Partnership at Bolton Road Methodist Church. Their were the usual presentations from the police including a special presentation on how to establish a Homewatch scheme. Many local residents who attended were very upset that the Planning Committee had decided by a majority of 6 to 4 that the Lutyens Memorial outside the former Barracks on Bolton Road could be moved to Sparrow Park in Bury town centre. This was despite thousands of residents signing a petition opposing such a move.