Thursday, January 25, 2007

Will you be staring out of the window this weekend?

Around half a million people across the UK are expected to spend an hour staring out of the window this weekend. And far from idly daydreaming they will be doing something useful - taking part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

This annual survey is by far the biggest of its kind in the world. It has been running for 27 years and provides valuable data on trends in garden bird populations - useful stuff when it comes to monitoring the impacts of climate change and the like.

Already thousands of children have been participating in the Big Schools Birdwatch this week. I know Dan is going to enjoy this when he gets older - the headline message for this event is 'I must stare out of the window in class.'

It doesn't get much better than that for kids.

1 comment:

Lena said...

Encouraging children to birdwatch is a fantastic idea. My father took a keen interest in birds and we had a family of blue tits nest in our garden once. In fact I'll maybe post a blog about it, now you've mentioned it! I still have the photo's.

Sadly for me the only sight out my window for now is the new housing scheme that's being developed! More houses - less wildlife. Pity.