General June 28th2017

The British Trust for Ornithology Garden BirdWatch

The British Trust for Ornithology Garden BirdWatch

We've teamed up with David Domoney to create a garden display at this years Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, to support the British Trust of Ornithology. You can find out more about the day here.

Did you know the British Trust for Ornithology has over 40,000 volunteers who help monitor birds numbers . This research helps them understand the complex challenges facing wild birds at a time of great change in the environment. They are always looking for more participants to help better understand bird populations here in the UK.

Garden BirdWatch monitors the changing fortunes of birds and other garden wildlife through its network of 'citizen scientists'. Observations collected by BTO Garden BirdWatchers are analysed by BTO researchers and published in leading journals. BTO Garden BirdWatchers have charted the decline of the House Sparrow, the rise of the Woodpigeon, have discovered that urban birds get up later than their rural counterparts and have alerted conservationists to the impact of an emerging disease in Greenfinches. Find out more about Garden BirdWatch

They are also monitoring House Martin populations this year. We know surprisingly little about House Martins despite the fact that they breed alongside us, using our houses on which to build a nest made of hundreds of beakfuls of mud.

Critically, they want to know why this species is in rapid decline in the UK. Currently, it is ‘Amber listed’ in the Birds of Conservation Concern listings, compiled by the UK’s leading conservation agencies. Find out more about the House Martin Nest Study 2016-2017

'The British Trust for Ornithology Garden BirdWatch'

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