This weekend the RSPB celebrate the 40th birthday of the Big Garden Birdwatch, each year residents count the maximum number of birds spotted in their garden over a one hour time period. The results help scientists understand bird life trends, spot problems and plan supporting action if and where necessary.

So what can you do to attract birds to your garden?

Provide a quiet area where you regularly provide a variety of food sources, use a bird table and keep the area clean to discourage unwanted visitors such as rats. Bird tables should be positioned close to shelter to provide cover from predators such as sparrow hawks!

Ideal foods include sunflower seeds and hearts, high quality peanuts, nyjer seed and high energy seed mixes.