Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is encouraging local residents to make time in their diary to take part in RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch later this month.
Taking place from the 27th to 29th January, the Big Garden birdwatch represents the biggest citzen science wildlife survey in the world. Last year, almost 700,000 people across the country dedicated an hour of their time to reconnect with nature on their doorstep and together recorded 11 million birds.
Last year’s figures bring the running total to an incredible 172 million birds counted since the RSPB’s first Birdwatch in 1979.
Over its four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It was first to alert the RSPB to the decline in song thrush numbers, which are down a shocking 81% compared to the Big Garden Birdwatch in 1979.
Gwynne himself is a keen gardener and has worked locally and nationally to improve wildlife conservation efforts. In 2021, he helped found Friends of the Tame Valley, which aims to
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m looking forward to spending a couple of hours taking part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
“The Birdwatch is fantastic for bird conservation efforts and supports the brilliant work of the RSPB. Across Denton and Reddish, we’re lucky to have some incredible green spaces and can spot some beautiful birds out if we take a moment to look.
“So if you’re free on the weekend of the 27th to the 29th, please get involved and let’s make this year’s birdwatch the biggest yet!”
To find out more and sign-up for the big garden bird watch, visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/