Credit: Tom Conzemius

Luxembourgish non-profit organisation natur&ëmwelt has announced that it will be holding its garden bird count event on the weekend of 24-26 January 2020.

On this occasion, participants can take one hour of their choice to record all the bird species and their respective numbers in their garden or local patch. Hundreds of people will be participating throughout the country and thus making their contribution to a sound and sustainable form of citizen science.

This initiative pays special attention to the most common bird species in gardens and near houses in winter. Using the annual census, we can estimate the populations of species common in urban areas, which makes it possible to establish population trends (increase or decrease for example) over the years. 

In 2019, the blackbird was present in 85% of Luxembourg gardens and was therefore the most frequently found bird around the houses that year. The great tit was in second place and was observed in 83% of the gardens. Other frequently encountered species were the house sparrow (73%), the blue tit (72%) and the robin (68%).

Which bird will be in first place this year? Take part in the bird census and be among the winners drawn. The last deadline for sending census weekend results is 7 February 2020.

The full details and forms will be available on natur&ëmwelt's website in the week before the event.