Make Your Nature Count!
The RSPB is launching another nationwide bird count, this time under the banner Make Your Nature Count. The aim of the survey is to find out how garden birds cope with the dry weather over the summertime. The survey will also focus on water-associated wildlife such as newts, toads and frogs, as well as birds. The RSPB wants people to check for blackbird, robin and song thrush offspring, which will help give an indication of how important gardens are for birds to breed in and whether the dry weather has had an impact on them.
The RSPB said 70,000 gardens were surveyed in last summer's scheme, revealing that a quarter of UK gardens were regularly visited by hedgehogs, blackbirds were the most frequent visitor - recorded in 92% of all gardens, while woodpigeons were seen in 80% of backyards.
To take part, people need to spend one hour during the week of June 4-12, counting the birds and the other wildlife that visit their garden and recording the highest number of each species seen at any one time.