It's the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, an event held by the RNIB nationwide to track what is happening to our garden birds. In Cornwall, you're more likely to see unusual birds that you wouldn't normally see up country, such as the Balearic Shearwater or even the Chough, the national bird of Cornwall.
Back in our gardens, spending an hour watching for and identifying the birds that come and visit is the way to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, so binoculars at the ready! Put some bird feeders out prior to your hour of observation to attract birds into your garden, and make a note of what you see. You can get a list of what birds to look for from the RSPB website. Out of the top 10 birds spotted in Cornwall in 2009 was the good old house sparrow, which is excellent because these birds are actually in decline. It's important to encourage birds into your garden because they can help it in so many ways - more about this later.