The RSPB's #BreakfastBirdwatch every morning aims to reduce stress and anxiety

Here's a new way to start the day - birdwatching.

The RSPB, which runs the Big Garden Birdwatch every January, has now been inspired to launch the #BreakfastBirdwatch to help us all begin our day with some nature.

You can spot the birds in your garden to start your day
You can spot the birds in your garden to start your day

Studies show that spending time in and connecting with nature can reduce stress and anxiety and even though it's more difficult than ever to get outside, there is still wildlife on our doorsteps.

Now with family home schooling and working from home, people are spending more time than ever in their gardens.

The RSPB's #BreakfastBirdwatch will be from 8am to 9am each day, encouraging people to spend the time they’d normally spend doing the school run observing the birds in their garden.

Being on the south coast, Kent is fortunate enough to be one of the first places to welcome in migrating birds as they return for summer.

You might spot a blue tit in your garden Picture: RSPB
You might spot a blue tit in your garden Picture: RSPB

You might be lucky enough to spot birds such as chiffchaffs and black capsand you can use the RSPB’s handy online Bird Identification Guide to find out what birds you're seeing.

Becca Smith from the RSPB said: “Spring brings a buzz of activity from birds and other wildlife alike. As you sit at home, the sound of birds singing and the sight of nature coming to life after winter has a remarkable way of restoring calm.

Will you spot a robin? Picture: RSPB/Chris Gomersall
Will you spot a robin? Picture: RSPB/Chris Gomersall

"Sharing what you can see with others will hopefully help to bring us all a little closer in marvelling at the wonders of nature despite the circumstances.”

The RSPB will be sharing helpful guides and mood-boosting nature stories on social to help people enjoy nature at the moment.

Whether you take part from your garden, or watch from a window, you could share your sightings during the dedicated #BreakfastBirdwatch hour on social media, helping people connect.

A wren Picture: RSPB
A wren Picture: RSPB

For a guide to identifying birds, which includes questions like how big was it, and what colour were it legs and feathers, click here.

Join in on social media using #BreakfastBirdwatch and follow the RSPB@natures_voice.

The Birdwatch is from 8am, so there's still time to catch Joe Wicks' PE session at 9am.

To get the latest news on events and venues across Kent, and more ideas for things to do at home click here.

Picture: RSPB/David Tipling
Picture: RSPB/David Tipling
The RSPB runs the Big Garden Birdwatch every year - now it has launched the #BreakfastBirdwatch
The RSPB runs the Big Garden Birdwatch every year - now it has launched the #BreakfastBirdwatch

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