Running throughout the weekend from the 29th to 31st, The Big Garden Birdwatch is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the wildlife in your garden and keep busy during lockdown.
The RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch began 42 years ago and Alderney Wildlife Trust has been running BGBW events since 2002.
And this year is no different as luckily it’s one event that still be enjoyed even during a lockdown.
So how can Islanders get involved?
Staff of the Alderney Wildlife Trust will be live streaming their birdwatch at Essex Farm from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm on Friday 29th January. Nature fans can watch what’s going on there as it happens via The Alderney Wildlife Trust’s Facebook Page and the team will help identify the birds that are visiting their garden feeding station.
In addition, you can send images, or ask questions to the team throughout the weekend and they will do their best to help you identify what’s in your own garden. You can do this via the AWT’s Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWT Outreach Officer Lorna West said:
‘If anyone would like to take part but does not have a pair of binoculars, please let us know and we can arrange to loan you a pair during lockdown. These will be dropped off outside your premises by a member of staff during their exercise time (fully sanitized) and you can hold onto them until the end of lockdown.’
And there are more nature-oriented lockdown events on the way.
AWT will hosting live handy hints sessions via social media which you can follow, including giving advice on how to get the best out of your
binoculars and how to use a spotting scope. ‘Like’ AWT’s Facebook, Instagram, Youtube pages so you can keep up to date with what’s going on.