Those of us on the side of the Atlantic with the colorful warblers are well acquainted with broad citizen science initiatives like the Great Backyard Bird Count and Christmas Bird Count. At last, here’s some fun for those of you who consider House Sparrows proper wildlife.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is hosting a nationwide wildlife survey, intended to examine the effects wetlands may have on the range of wildlife found nearby. They are calling this study the ‘Wildest Hide & Seek’ because they want nature lovers to hide quietly in a garden or open space in order to seek and record wildlife sightings. Easy!

The survey, which marks marks the International Year of Biodiversity, takes place between Friday, May 21 (today) and Monday, May 31. Feedback will help to paint a picture of what habitats are like across the UK, supporting the work that WWT does to protect wetlands and wildlife.

Find out more about how to take part and to download a survey guide at the WWT website. If you choose to take part, share your experiences in the comments below.

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.