This weekend is the 2019 Big Garden Bird Watch. I’ve taken part each year for the past few years and it’s a really good excuse to sit uninterrupted and watch wildlife for an hour.
You can find out more and sign up here
With the cold weather the birds are coming to the feeders regularly so I’m hoping for a good count this year.
Here are few visitors from today.
A little while ago I was asked to have a look a book called ‘Encourage A Child To Watch Birds’. With mock GCSE’s and a GCSE graphic design project to hand in it’s been sat on my list of things to do, but as BGBW is fast approaching I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to review it.
As you may know my passion is to encourage other young people to become interested in wildlife so I’m happy to look at anything that does just that.
‘Encourage A Child To Watch Birds’ is a great little book aimed at helping parents of mostly at 7 -12 year olds (but younger and older) to spark their child’s interest in birds. It is full of practical tips to encourage younger children to watch birds in their garden or in the park. The book has chapters on feeding birds, making nest boxes and listening for birds.
I really liked the questions which parents could ask their children to inspire them to ‘watch’ rather than just ‘look’. ‘Why do you think the Ducks are diving?’ and ‘Which birds prefer to pick seed from the ground, and which prefer to take seed from the seed feeders?’
The book also has projects that parents and children or teachers could do, such as listen to bird songs, count the number of visits that the birds make to the nest in one hour and establish your own garden feeding station.
With chapters on ‘Discover what owls eat’ and ‘Buy or borrow bird books’ this is a great way to inspire more young people in to watching birds.