HOW many of you in Weymouth and Portland took part in the recent national Big Garden Birdwatch survey?
We did, scraping cobwebs off a couple of summer folding chairs and setting them up in our garden for the required hour during which we dutifully recorded all the birds we saw and then submitted them online for the survey.
God it was cold! The first quarter of an hour was not too bad, but having to sit motionless so you don’t scare off the very birds you are hoping will visit to be recorded took its toll and my feet and hands were frozen by the end of it.
All I had to show for a good while were the inevitable seagulls and wood pigeons and quite a few sparrows, but as time went on we also saw blue tits, a robin, a thrush, jackdaws and, most pleasing of all, a solitary wren flitting jerkily through the undergrowth.
It was great fun and the survey became even more worthwhile once the computer was cranked up and we found that surveyors wanted to know about things such as slowworms as well which do visit our garden occasionally as well as frequent visits by grey squirrels.
That early morning cup of coffee tasted even better than usual because this Sunday we felt we’d actually done something useful to earn it.