This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Anytime on 29 or 30 January 2011 you are asked to spend just one hour recording the birdlife in your garden, your local park, wherever you happen to be.
All you need is a pen, some scrap paper (or, a printout of the handy bird ID sheet), and an hour to spend watching the birds in your garden on either Saturday 29, or Sunday 30 January 2011. From past experience you get more birds early in the morning, rather than in the afternoon, so if you can bear to get up early you will probably find it more rewarding, there is nothing quite as boring as gazing into your own garden for an hour with nothing to record. I will be up with the sun on Sunday to see what this year's count will be, I have already ensured that there is lots of food out ready to tempt the local feathered visitors, putting it out today means they will know that it is there tomorrow.
Then simply record the highest number of each bird species seen in your garden, or local park (not flying over) at any one time, and come back to this page to tell the RSPB what you saw.
If you're not too sure what bird you've seen, try the easy to use bird identifier, or have a look on the A-Z of birds pages.
You can also ask questions, and share your tips for a brilliant birdwatch on the RSPB friendly Big Garden Birdwatch community group.
Helping garden birds really is a lot of fun, and couldn't be easier.