Bird lovers are urged to join survey

Blue tits feeding in a garden as the public are being urged to take part in the RSPB's annual RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.
Blue tits feeding in a garden as the public are being urged to take part in the RSPB's annual RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.
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BIRD lovers are being encouraged to support their local wildlife by taking part in the annual Big Garden Birdwatch event this weekend.

Last year’s RSPB survey saw more than nine million birds counted across the country as more than 600,000 people took part.

Joanna Keene, the RSPB’s people engagement manager in northern England, said: “Taking part in the survey is fun and simple.

“Just spend one hour at any time over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend noting down the highest number of each bird species you see in your garden or local park at any one time.

“You’ve then got three weeks to tell us your results either by submitting them online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or in the post.”

Now in its 34th year, the survey provides the RSPB with an important snapshot of garden bird populations in winter and has helped to highlight some dramatic declines in UK garden birds.

Joanna added: “Everyone who takes part in the Big Garden Birdwatch is contributing to the world’s biggest wildlife survey and helping us find out more about some of our most-loved garden birds.

To register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2013, visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330 to receive a FREE Big Garden Birdwatch pack.