January 15, 2014
January is one of those months when you feel like there is nothing to look forward to but more cold weather. The kids are slowly going stir crazy with you probably getting there first and the thought of getting outdoors in all the rain and mud has many of us running for cover. Not more washing! Well, at the end of this month why not get the kids involved in some family fun that isn’t too messy, means you can all stay warm and gets you all enjoying nature and the outdoors.
On the 25 – 26 January the RSPB is holding their annual Big Garden Birdwatch and it’s really easy to take part. All you need to do is register on the website https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch and then spend one hour over the weekend watching and recording the birds in your garden. You can even take part in your pyjamas!
Don’t think the kids will sit for one hour? Then why not do it in 15 minute bursts or get them all riled up and excited by making your very own bird cake or some worm treats to keep them entertained while they watch the birds feasting - https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/family-fun. The birds will love it and the kids will relish in the opportunity to get mucky (without getting muddy of course).
Haven’t got a garden? Or maybe you just want to make a day of it? Then pop along to Wat Tyler Country Park and visit the RSPB visitor centre (10am – 4pm) where you can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch from our very own busy bird feeder station. There will be a chance to make some fat balls, learn some bird id skills and at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm there are some special Big Garden Birdwatch storytelling slots for littlies who love storytime.
Whatever you do to take part we would love to hear how you all got involved. You can post your pictures to our Facebook page RSPB Essex or tweet us @RSPBEssex and don’t forget to let Essex Mums know how you got involved too. Have fun!
To find out more about our Big Garden Birdwatch event then visit our Facebook page RSPB Essex or call us on 01268 498620