Here at Caley Hall we are ideally situated for a spot of bird watching on the Norfolk Coast. Most days of the year you’ll see small groups of Twitchers along the cliff top spotting birds flying over The Wash and with RSPB Titchwell and Snettisham so close by Caley Hall has become a regular retreat for many.
The Big Garden Birdwatch began back in 1979 as an event for children when the RSPB joined forces with BBC’s Blue Peter. Now in its 40th year, the Big Garden Birdwatch offers a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden. This helps the RSPB to monitor trends and build up a picture of how they are doing.
It’s the world’s biggest bird survey with nearly half a million people taking part each year. With 40 years of data the RSPB now have four decades worth of comparative results that provide an important insight into our wildlife. For example a 76% decline in song thrushes was recognised in 2019 compared to 1979. A decline of house sparrows and starlings has also been recorded having dropped by 56 and 80% since the start of the Big Garden Birdwatch. On the positive side there has been a 68% increase of Great tits and in 2016 long-tailed tits were in the top ten of the Big Garden Birdwatch.
So if you’re interested in taking part simply go online (follow the link below) before the 25th January and sign up.
The most commonly seen birds are starlings, house sparrows, blackbirds, robins, blue and great tits, greenfinches and collared doves. To entice birds to your garden leave out suet balls or pellets, mixed nuts, seeds, grains, coconut shells, and sunflower hearts.
Once you’ve completed your results and submitted them online or sent them back by post all the information is collated into one giant set of data. This is then compared with previous years and the results are published on the RSPB website.
If you enjoy your first taste of bird watching or you’re a regular Twitcher then why not visit us this January. With double rooms from only £79 including breakfast you’re in for a real tweet!!