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The Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend

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The Big Garden Birdwatch is finally here, will you be taking part ?

They invite us all to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, ( 30- 31st January 2021).

To take part you need to watch for up to an hour what is happening in your garden.

The Big Garden Birdwatch organisers tell us, “you’ll get to see the fascinating antics of your garden birds. From squabbling starlings, lively long-tailed tits to fluttering blue tits, you never know what will show up until you start looking, and it changes every minute.

Your Birdwatch creates a fascinating snapshot of how our garden birds are faring, and these add together to create an impressive big picture of garden birds all over the UK. We’d love you to add your sightings to the picture! Many of us have grown closer to nature over the past year – and Big Garden Birdwatch is an amazing way to celebrate that.

Of course, there’s always the chance that you don’t see anything during your Birdwatch. That’s fine – we’d still like to know, as it’s useful information for us. But we hope your hour is full of drama and perhaps even surprise! We’d love to hear your Birdwatch stories. Share and join in the Birdwatch chat at #BigGardenBirdwatch

You can submit your results online at

Watch the latest on Birdwatch LIVE

New for this year, they are hosting a weekend of live interactive sessions, There will be a host of special guests and activities gearing up to keep us company as part of the online event across the weekend.

Friday 7pm: Join bird fan Dr Amir Khan and RSPB President Miranda Krestovnikoff for a fun family quiz live via their Facebook page

Saturday 10am: Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin, live from their garden in the New Forest

Sunday 10am: Notes on Nature Live with special guests Deborah Meaden, Simon Mayo and Brigit Strawbridge Howard

They are LIVE from 9am to 4pm across the weekend on Youtube.

Over on the The Virtual Explorers Club, on Saturday at 9am, they will be making bird feeders. Everyone can join in for free via their facebook page, here

She will be showing us three ways, these are the items that you will need.

Option 1

  • Pipe Cleaner/ string
  • Cheerios

Option 2

  • Toilet Roll tube
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed

Option 3

  • Old foil pie tin (cleaned)/ paper plate/small card box
  • String
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed

Plus scissors and a hole punch.

The Virtual Stem Explorers club is run by a local lady called, Ruth Tsui, the club offers help you and those you know with primary school aged children to have fun with science and STEM learning.

We would love to see what you discover in your gardens this weekend here in Andover.

Please email us your photos to, with a brief description of what you discovered with your name and location.

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