Ridley Park bird hide to be unveiled

A new bird screen in Ridley Park, Blyth.
A new bird screen in Ridley Park, Blyth.

Friends of Ridley Park are inviting local residents to two free events taking place in the park during the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday, January 27.

A nature walk and bird count lasting about one hour, to be led by Lindsay McDougal, conservation officer with Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club, will start from the Friends Pavilion at 11.45am.

Complementary hot drinks and light refreshments will be served in the Friends Pavilion at the end of the walk.

The magnificent new bird screen which has recently been erected in the park by a team from Blyth Star Enterprise will be officially unveiled on the same day.

The screen has been erected following fund-raising efforts by the Friends, a grant from Blyth Town Council for dedicated noticeboards, and active support from Northumberland County Council.

Members of the public are invited to come along to the Friends Pavilion in the Park at 1pm for hot/cold drinks and nibbles before the unveiling at 1.45pm by John Potts, Mayor of Blyth, and Lindsay McDougal.

Ridley Park has been recognised as one of the best parks in Northumberland and organisers hope as many people as possible will be able to join them for this free event in their local park.

Around 500,000 people took part in the last RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The challenge is to count the maximum number of each species you see at any one time.

For example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three. That way, it’s less likely you’ll double-count the same birds.

Visit www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/ for more information on how to get involved. Share your experiences on social media #BigGardenBirdwatch.