RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
This was the first time the Botanic Garden had participated in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. This is an annual event, which encourages members of the public to watch the birds visiting their garden, identify them, record the findings, and then submit their results to the national survey. The Botanic Garden hosted staff and volunteers from the RSPB’s Futurescapes team.
- Bird spotting and recording
- Make an apple and seed bird feeder for your garden
- Make a seed and peanut butter bird feeder
- Make a seed and fruit bird feeder garland
- Take a trail around the Garden to learn more about other wildlife which lives in our gardens
Find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch here.
Summary from the RSPB
The event was a real success. We spotted a grand total of 30 different wildlife species on site during the 4 hour event, which is a really healthy number when you consider that we were in the middle of a large city. It just goes to show that wildlife really can prosper in urban areas when people make the effort to give nature a home. We also engaged with 91 people: 71 adults and 20 children. This is a quite an unusual mix, but that perhaps reflects the draw for some adults to do the survey in the Botanic Garden (there were quite a few students who live in University accommodation in the city who didn’t have their own garden to survey). Throughout the day we had some lovely conversations with visitors about their love of wildlife too – it’s always heart-warming to hear people’s personal stories about the positive impacts that nature has on their lives.
If you were not able to make it to this event, don’t worry!
- Download a copy of the Botanic Garden spotter sheet here.
- Download a copy of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event report here.
- This event was featured in the Oxford Mail.