Make Your Nature Count - Take Part

Sunday 1 May 2011
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
RSPB Headquarters

What we're looking for

Make Your Nature Count is a one-hour survey of your garden or local park on any day from 4-12 June. We'd like to know about the birds that share your green spaces. There should be plenty for you to see and enjoy as birds will be busy feeding hungry chicks or guarding nests. We'd also like to find out how other creatures are doing, so we'll be asking you about the visitors that you get in your local patch. If you've seen animals including badgers, bats, snakes or frogs, then we'd like to know.

The skills you need

In June, the birds you see are probably breeding in or around your garden. There are a few summer visitors to look out for, too, including house martins. We'd like to know if these little birds are nesting in your house. After you've done your 1hr count, please tell us if you ever get any of the other creatures we're asking about. It's the first year we're asking about snakes, bats and newts. We're not asking you to identify the species of bat (that's too hard!) but to tell us if you have them. There are things you can do to help and we're interested in finding out more about them. We also want to know if you've got stag beetles - they are the smallest creatures on our list but they look very impressive and are hard to miss if you do have them.

Your time

1 hr
1 hr between 4th to 12th June

What's in it for you?

The information we collect on mammals through Make Your Nature Count is really useful - this is by far the biggest survey on garden mammals ever! And it's all thanks to people like you who take the time to tell us what they see. Take a look at our friendly online community. Here you can discuss your garden and the wildlife you see with lots of other like-minded people. Join in the conversations and see what other wildlife fans are talking about at Our Big Garden Birdwatch helps us to identify trends among wintering bird populations. We hope that Make Your Nature Count will build a picture of all the wildlife that visits gardens in summer - and show how important gardens are.

How to apply


MYNC Co-ordinator, People Engagement Department
Tel: 01767 680551


For more information, to get involved and to submit your results please go to: The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB.

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