Blackbirds are a common visitor to Isle of Wight gardens. Picture by Peter Boam.
THE RSPB is hoping to beat last year’s number of people on the Isle of Wight taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.
In 2013, 1,743 Isle of Wight residents were among more than 500,000 people in the UK to take part.
This year’s event takes place this weekend.
Last year, the blue tit was the most frequently reported bird seen in Island gardens, with 85 per cent of respondents seeing more than three.
The blackbird came in second, with 93 per cent seeing more than two.
In third place was the house sparrow, with 47 per cent spotting more than two.
Numbers of gold finches, long-tailed tits, song thrushes and wrens in Island gardens have all fallen.
For details on how to take part visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch