This blog is where you can read about the places we work to protect and the people on the front line. The scope of this blog covers planning, the policies and legal framework that exists to protect the best places for wildlife and of, of course, the individual cases that are the daily work of staff across the UK. We help BirdLife International partners overseas – and you will be able to read contributions from Europe and further afield.
Of course – probably of the best way to save a site is to a acquire it as a nature reserve – this blog will sometimes feature our reserves and the role they play in future of our wildlife, but the full story of the RSPBs network of nature reserves is told elsewhere: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves
This blog features the contributions of many individuals – I will have the pleasure of holding the ring and acting as the narrator to this compelling story. So a little about me; I’m Andre Farrar and my first active involvement with the RSPB was in the late 1970s as a volunteer with our Leeds Local Group http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/leeds.
I was one of many who wrote to their MPs as part of the campaign to get the best outcome for what became the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It wasn’t perfect but it was a good start. Thirty years on, I’m still in the thick of it campaigning for our protected areas and special places for wildlife. Are we winning? Read on and find out, and see how you can help.
This blog is largely about the places over the garden fence, but once a year I’m delighted to focus on that patch that is so important to so many of us – our gardens.
The garden is a great nature-connector, a window on the world of wildlife – and once a year we organise that great festival of nature connection – Big Garden Birdwatch. This year it’s taking place over the weekend of 26 – 27 January and you can pre-register here.
One of the great things about Big Garden Birdwatch is that the sheer numbers of people taking part (and that it has been running since 1979) means that the information we all collect is a very valuable snap shot of how our garden birds are doing. A simple survey carried out at the same time each year by thousands of people is ‘scientifically robust’ – which is nice. But for each of us big garden birdwatchers there’s a more instant benefit, it’s actually fun!
Our regular nuthatch tucking into RSPB Birdcare feeder seed - hope it turns up on Big Garden Birdwatch day. Picture Andre Farrar
I’ll be doing it with my eight year old; he had a new camera for Christmas so will no doubt be recording the event for posterity. He’s getting good at naming the birds, though sitting in one place for an hour will be a challenge (at some point he’ll leave me to hold the fort) – if you follow this link you’ll find activities to keep the kids engaged.
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Registered and looking forward to it. Had three new visitors over the course of 2012 - Bullfinch, Redpoll and fabulous dog Fox - so hoping something good shows up during that hour..