Amy Colvin from RSPB NI said: “It couldn’t be easier to take part in the survey. Just visitwww.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch to register then make yourself a cuppa and spend one hour during the Birdwatch weekend counting the visitors to your garden!”
Last year almost more than 2,500 in Derry took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.
In Derry, starlings swooped into poll position in the Big Garden Birdwatch after being spotted in 75 per cent of gardens, closely followed by house sparrows.
As temperatures drop, the natural food available for wildlife becomes scarcer and so our feathered friends are more likely to visit our gardens in the hope of supplementing their diets.
Birds need calorie-rich food at this time of year, to help them maintain their fat reserves. Opt for peanuts, sunflower hearts, suet balls, finely chopped bacon rind and even a little bit of grated cheese in your feeders and on bird tables.
For a balanced diet, still provide your normal seed mix, as well as these fattier foods.
Teachers and pupils are also urged to take part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch until 12 February.
This year, the RSPB is trialling an Irish language version of the survey at four schools in the local area in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane Council.