20 January 2015

Get involved with The Big Garden Birdwatch: 24-25 January

yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler

The Big Garden Birdwatch is back and Estates Services’ Environmental Sustainability team is encouraging as many University staff and students to take part.

Hosted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the survey has been running since 1979 and the data collected is invaluable as an indicator of the health of the local countryside and bird populations.

You can complete the survey in your local park, at your office, home or college.  All you need to do is spend just one hour over the weekend of 24-25 January surveying birds. If you don’t know your blackbird from your yellow-rumped warbler (the rarest bird spotted last year) here’s an easy guide to help you.

If you are a member of a Green Impact team you can tick off criteria C003 – Biodiversity & Community – by taking part and encouraging others to do so. Why not collate results as a department and have a prize for the most unusual bird spotted or for the individual who counted the most?

If your department or college hasn’t signed up to Green Impact, take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, and tick off your first points.  Find out more about getting involved with Green Impact and other sustainability initiatives.