The RSPB first asked junior members to count the number of birds in their gardens in 1979. Since then, the project has grown into a national phenomenon with over half a million regular participants in the Big Garden Birdwatch- established in 2001.
The aim of the project is to help the RSPB monitor what is happening to different bird species across the UK. Scientists can then compare this data year-on-year, gaining a valuable and unique insight into the changing UK bird population. Whilst some species have fallen in numbers, the woodpigeon population has increased by a massive 800% since the Big Garden Birdwatch begun. This is something only known because of the incredible work done by the project and its participants.
This year’s Big Garden Birdwatch will be taking place on the 26th and 27th January, and you can join in too! Both Dinefwr Park and Tredegar House will be hosting their own birdwatching weekends as part of the RSPB’s project. Visitors can go along to either National Trust location, pick up a spotter sheet from the visitor centre, and spend the day counting as many birds as you can.
The event is free to get involved in, with normal admission charges to Dinefwr Park. At Tredegar House, you can borrow a pair of binoculars from the gift shop for £5 donation a suggested 50p donation for bird food. The Big Garden Birdwatch at each location will start at 10am and run until 3pm, and absolutely anyone can get involved.
Want to travel to these events?
Dinefwr Park: A number of bus routes serves the Llandeilo area, approximately 1 mile from the park. This is the same for Llandeilo Railway station.
Tredegar House: Local bus routes 30 and 36 stop within a 5-minute walk of Tredegar House. Additionally, the National Cycle Network Route 4 runs past the House’s entrance.
To make your journey by public transport, please use our Journey Planner to find the most convenient route, along with times and services that are running.
If you’d like to find a bus timetable, head over to our Timetables page. Here, you can search for a specific bus route or your location to view timetables of services in the area. You will also have the option to print the timetable to take with you on your trip.
Walk & Cycle
You can also use our journey planner to find walking and cycling routes to get to your event. If you live close by, walking can be a great way to explore the scenery and soak up the atmosphere before the event!
You can find out more information on our ‘Cycling and Walking’ page.
We also offer a Freephone telephone service. One of our friendly advisors will be on hand to answer any of your public transport information queries and to help you plan your journey. Give us a call on 0800 464 00 00 for free!