I am looking forward to taking part in this years Big Garden Birdwatch later. Organised by the the RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – it is apparently the world’s largest wildlife survey. It started in 1979 and has continued annually ever since so the scientists have 36 years worth of valuable evidence to study. Taking part is easy. A person just has to watch the birds that land in their garden during a one hour period. The idea is to count and record the maximum number of each species seen together at any one time – not the total number that might be seen during the hour. The RSPB send a useful identification guide which is helpful for those not so sure about how to identify the different bird types. I will report back on my results from our garden.