Proving that a year can come and go very fast, in partnership with Action For Wildlife and the Jersey Evening Post we are once again asking everyone in Jersey to spend a few minutes this weekend to count the birds in their garden.
Analysis of sightings from the previous 14 years makes it very obvious that not all our favourite garden birds are faring so well and populations are changing dramatically. But, how exactly do we know. Well, we count them. In fact, lots and lots of people count them. And not just birdwatchers but everyone who likes birds because, let’s face it, everyone likes birds. And they are often easy to count because they can be pretty obvious especially as they come into our gardens. And it’s in the garden, that Islanders can once again help us understand better what is happening with our birds. Data shown by the survey are very important in highlighting what is happening in our wider environment and, while not covering the whole countryside, results do bring home to everyone wider concerns. Just think, if the birds are doing badly in our gardens where we feed and protect them, what is happening out there in the rest of the world.
So, please, over this weekend follow the guidelines printed below or in this coming Friday’s JEP and tell us what birds you see. We can add up all the counts (we have 14 years’ worth already) and easily pick up changes that are happening right in front of us. Will there be even fewer greenfinches than last year and will wood pigeons have finally taken over our bird tables? Or will squirrels eat all the food! We call this ‘citizen science’ so consider yourself all citizen scientists!
How to enter the survey
Counters should note the highest number of each species of bird that are seen together at one time during that period – not the total number which enter your garden over the period of the watch.
Survey forms and a handy identification guide will be published in the JEP on Friday the 5th and all data received will be passed on to La Société Jersiaise to add to their records and included in Birds On The Edge bird monitoring analyses.