Donegal people are being urged to sign up for the annual Irish Garden Bird Survey.
The BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) event kicks off this week and will run until the end of February.
“It’s a great way to learn more about the birds that come to your home, and the data that you send us is invaluable in allowing us to keep track of the fortunes and movements of our feathered friends,” a BWI spokesperson said.
“What’s more, it’s great fun and is a particularly nice activity for families to do together. We should warn you, however, that it can become very addictive!”
Between December and February each year, BWI asks members of the public to keep note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their garden every week.
They also ask for information on the size of the garden being surveyed, the kinds of food, if any, being offered to the birds, and so on.
Taking part is fun, easy and an ideal way to get to know your garden birds better; it also makes an ideal school project.
As the Irish countryside changes, gardens are becoming increasingly important havens for many species, and it is vital for us to know how their populations are faring.
“The Irish Garden Bird Survey does this not only by giving us a good idea of how our garden birds themselves are doing, but also an indication of how the environment is faring in general.”
To find out more about the survey, and how to take part, click on the following link.Tags: