RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 registration opens on the 12 December 2018.

Started in 1979, this is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey.

“Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing. As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year, making your results very valuable to our scientists. Your results help us spot problems, but more importantly, they are also the first step in putting things right.

“The threats to our wildlife means that it’s not just birds facing tough times… it’s our badgers, snakes and other animals too. So to help us get a more complete picture of the state of our wildlife, in 2014 we started to ask you to tell us about some of the other animals in your gardens. We’re going to continue including this part of the survey each year now, to help us see the trends in our other wildlife in the same way that we’ve been able to with birds.”


Big Schools’ Birdwatch

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“You don’t need to be a bird expert – to help you and your class get ready, we’ll send you a free bird identification poster. Thanks for taking part!

Request a free RSPB education resource pack full of ideas to help your pupils understand and experience the natural world.”

The final day for results submission is the 22nd February 2019.
‘After this we’ll share the results of your surveys so your class can see how their research is contributing.’



World Wetlands Day

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World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971.

Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet, WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and has grown remarkably since then. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community, have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits. Some of these benefits include: biologically diverse ecosystems that provide habitat for many species, serve as buffers on the coast against storms and flooding, and naturally filter water by breaking down or transforming harmful pollutants.

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National Nest Box Week

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NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, a member of a local wildlife group, or you belong to a bird club and could organise a work party, National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden.

Register for a free Information Pack with great advice on –

  • Making and buying nest boxes
  • Choosing a place to put a Nest Box
  • Reducing the risk from predators
  • Cleaning and maintenance

International Polar Bear Day

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Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic – and how we each can help.

“help us make it a global day of action for the bears by taking part in our Thermostat Challenge at home, work, or school.

It’s simple: just lower your thermostat on February 27th to reduce your carbon emissions and help polar bears. And then make every day a polar bear day by buying and installing a programmable thermostat or taking extra steps to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.”

The Polar Bear Connection

Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, in turn saving our sea ice. Polar bears require sea ice for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.

World Wildlife Day

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World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.


World Otter Day

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Join the many people from around the world who love otters and are dedicated to their conservation, to raise awareness and ensure that a greater number of people know about the problems that otters face.  The loss of habitat, illegal trade (fur and pets), being hunted, road death, pollution are a few of the challenges.

All 13 species of otter need our help. ALL 13 species are listed in the IUCN Red List.


About World Otter Day

A day designated by the International Otter Survival Fund to raise awareness of their work protecting, conserving, and caring for otters everywhere!

Each year more people in more countries are getting involved and in 2018 World Otter Day was celebrated in at least 26 countries.


30 Days Wild

person walking through a meadow with the 30 days wild logo over the top and the question Can You Do Someting Wild Every Day For A Month?

“Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! We’ve got 101 ideas – but you can make up your own, too!”

International Bat Weekend

Bats Field Guide

‘This annual celebration of bats sees bat events for the public taking place across the country.

Bat groups, park rangers and community groups organise fantastic bat walks and talks at dusk, as well some day time fun days!

This celebration of bats is held by bat groups and the Bat Conservation Trust, to coincide with International Bat Night (formerly European Bat Night) which is organised by Eurobats.

We aim to encourage thousands of people across the country to see and hear bats in their natural environment by taking part in a range of events organised by local bat groups, wildlife trusts, countryside rangers and other organisations across the country.’

Image: Bat Field Guide, available ffom the Muddy Faces shop here.

Rye Bay Nature Tots

small children paddling in mud and holding buckets

Bring your little ones along for weekly family fun in Rye Bay.

Starts Friday 15 June to 20 July (6 sessions)

We shall be using Pett Level and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve as venues for outdoor activities and games. Our activities will connect with the beach environment and the tides, providing a wonderful opportunity for your little ones to experience and learn from nature. Children and parents will be engaged in hands-on outdoor activities themed around wildlife in a coastal setting.

The sessions will encourage independent learning and team working – all of which will help to boost communication skills, problem solving, physical development and creativity. This is child-led learning and the role of the accompanying adults is to assist the Tots in doing as much of the task for themselves as possible.

We go outside rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and be ready to get wet and muddy! We sometimes build shelters and also have a quick shelter in case of showers. It is essential that the children are appropriately dressed as the temperature can be a little cooler on the beach, and on the reserve, long trousers and stout shoes or boots are recommended. So why not come along and give it a go!

Meeting points:

Pett Level – Meet next to the Smuggler Pub, Pett Level Rd, Pett Level, TN35 4EH

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Meet by the information kiosk in Rye Harbour car park, Rye Harbour, TN31 7TX

Suitable for children aged 3-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult