Getting ready for Big Garden and Big Schools’ Birdwatch

I always enjoy the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and I always organise events at school for the Big Schools’ Birdwatch. I watch birds every day, all year, both in my garden and via all my live cameras, which feed back into my office. This means that, as I work at my computer, I can see what is happening at my feeders at opposite ends of the garden.

I have been playing around with the camera views and feeder set ups over the last week, in preparation for these events. At the school where I teach, we will be undertaking our school events on the 1st & 2nd Feb, where all 16 classes will be getting outside to watch the birds in our school grounds and they will also have access to my cameras on their whiteboards in the classroom! My feeder cameras provide activity just about all day and are an excellent way to help children to learn to recognise common British species.

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The Big Garden Birdwatch will take place next weekend; 30th & 31st January, where we are asked to spend an hour watching and logging the species we see in our gardens. This massive citizen science project helps build up a picture of the health of our avian friends and how our feeding habitats are attracting more species to gardens. You can find out more by clicking the banner below.

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I have created a new page on my website that will allow you to have easy access to my live feeder cameras and also give you an idea of the species you might see. Click below to visit the page,

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If you wish to tweet about what you have seen, or take a picture of you, your kids or your class using these cameras, then please do, using the #WLKCams. If  you or your class wish to email me (wildlifekate@live.co.uk) or tweet any questions, I would be happy to answer them. I would love any feedback you have from using these cameras in school or with children, in particular.

The cameras are positioned on two feeding stations, at opposite ends of my garden. The Hub cameras are over a steep bank next to my outdoor Wildlife Hub. This building houses all my wildlife kit and bird food and has a long window from which I can watch and photograph the birds. There are three feeders at this feeding station at present…

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The second feeding station is at the other end of my garden in a small patio area, surrounded by mature hedge and some large trees…

 

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This feeding station has been repositioned with some anti-squirrel devices in place…. we will see this week if they manage to get on there!

A wide range of species can be seen at these stations and they can give children, in particular, an excellent way to practise their bird ID skills! Miles Kelly have produced a great little free poster to download on their website and the RSPB also have their free downloads to log the birds you see.

Click below to download this Miles Kelly poster:

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Or click below to upload the RSPB checklist…

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I took a few screenshots of the birds visiting today… how many different species can you spot???

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