On Sunday 30th January, the Ranger team at Clyde Muirshiel took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Millions of people across the country take part in this annual survey, which runs in the last weekend of January and has been running for over 40 years. In that time the data gathered from the survey has shown that populations of many familiar birds like Starlings and sparrows are greatly declining. This information is important in order to help try and conserve bird populations and understand why they are declining.
The rangers carried out the survey at both Muirshiel County Park and at Castle Semple Loch, recording the numbers of birds visiting the bird feeders at both sites over the course of 1 hour. Between the two we recorded a range of different species, such as Goldfinch, Siskin, Robin, Wren, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Coal Tit.
After the hour, the totals were submitted to the RSPB website. If you took part at home then there is still time to submit your sightings at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/