The Big Garden Birdwatch is next weekend and the the RSPB are calling on canal users to help in the survey.
Last year more than half a million people took part and recorded 8.5 million birds which gave the RSPB valuable information about visiting birds and will help with studies to identify the cause of the decline of some species and to find ways to help them recover.
Mark Robinson, the British Waterways national ecology manager, said, “This year’s harsh winter has made things especially difficult for some of our most popular bird species but nature is pretty resilient and our waterways can provide much needed food and shelter. In some cases the cold weather can make it easier to spot many species as they go to greater lengths to find food."
To take part in the survey simply record the highest number of every individual bird species seen at any one time over the weekend of Saturday 29th January and Sunday 30th and send the results to the RSPB.
For more information to help you with your birdwatch, visit: RSPB website
The online results form will be available from Saturday 29 January until 18 February 2011.
Or you can call 0300 456 8330 to get a Big Garden Birdwatch form to be sent to you. The line is open until 28 January 2011.