Regular Sunday Morning Bird Walks in Greenwich Park
Our bird walks are now on a more regular basis which helps you plan your diary. Julia Holland has agreed to lead a group on the last Sunday of the month (19th December being the exception) from now until 27th March 2022. The meeting place is inside the park near the Blackheath Gate at 8.30 am. You don’t have to be an expert, everybody is welcome and you are sure to learn much. It is free and you don’t need to book but you would find binoculars very helpful. The reports on our past Bird Walks can be found here. Some useful tips to help you get going from Tony Duckett, conservation officer at the Royal Parks are here. His article includes a link to a Bird Spotter sheet specifically for Greenwich Park.
Having said all this, our last bird walk on 31st October was completely rained off, a great pity since by 11 am it was a lovely day. The weekend of 29th-30th January 2022 is the annual RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. This started in 1979 as an activity for junior members but was taken up by Blue Peter, resulting in 34,000 submissions, quite a ‘flying’ start. This survey, spanning over 40 years, is the longest-running citizen science project in the world and the Friends are proud to have supported it for many years. Our bird walk on 30th January will have the Big Garden Bird Watch in mind. By contributing to the survey over the years participants have provided valuable data which has enabled long term trends in bird populations to be monitored, which is so important in these times of climate change.