RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend & why eating organic helps birds & wildlife!
The annual birdwatch weekend is here! There’s still time to sign-up and take part. Just spend one hour between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 January counting the birds & send your results via the RSBC website. It’s free, fun, and a great way to keep an eye on your local wildlife. Last year over a million people took part.
Sadly there has been a decline in the UK wild bird population with a loss of 38million birds in the past 50 years. A lot of that can be attributed to climate change so we all need to look after our bird population. Keep bird feeders topped up & also clean as dirty bird feeders have been the cause of much disease being spread amongst wild birds. Please also check they have clean fresh water, especially on these icy days!
Some farming practices also contribute to the decline in wildlife including birds. Cultivating monocrops leads to a lack of diversity & affects our eco systems. Organic farms are better for the environment. A review of previously published studies released in 2005 found that organic farms had significantly more kinds of birds, predatory insects, soil organisms, and plants than conventional farms did. I’ve visited & worked on biodynamic farms & there is definately a different feel about them, you can hear the birds compared to the neighbouring farms that seemed flat & quiet, the difference was very obvious.
So by choosing to buy & eat organic foods you’re not only helping your health but supporting organic farmers & imptoving our wildlife.
If you want to take part in the RSBC garden birdwatch then heres the link.