The snow and ice has brought flocks of birds in again to our gardens and bird tables and the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is upon us again. This always takes place in the last weekend of January, which this year is 29th – 31st January.
In Slingsby, records of birds have been made on and off over the last 120 years, and these track the changes in the numbers of each species seen in and near the village over time, as agriculture and the weather patterns have changed. In recent years the Slingsby Local History Group has collected records.
If you take part in the RSPB watch or prefer to carry out your own more informal count in your garden for an hour sometime that weekend, please send us* a copy of your list to add to the Slingsby bird archive. A simple email list will be fine.
Please record the largest number of each species you see at any one time during the hour you are watching.
*Then send your list of birds to [email protected] To find out more about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch go to
You can find a summary of Slingsby bird records on our website here: 175 years of bird-spotting around Slingsby and Fryton – The Slingsby Village Website