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The Big Garden Birdwatch

Written by Kirsty Jones on

Bird watching

Next weekend is the RSPB’s ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ which urges people to get involved spotting the birds that reside in our own garden. It’s a great event and all you need to do to take part is register and then for one hour over the weekend record the birds you see in your garden.

Last year over 590,000 people got involved and 8.2 million birds were counted! This work is crucial in monitoring the populations of birds found throughout the UK. There are lots of fun things happening around the event and don’t worry if you’re not a bird buff there are classes running to help you swat up on spotting your Starlings from your Sparrows.

Leighton Moss Reserve in Silverdale, Lancashire are running a few events running over this weekend to help you prepare for the following weekend’s ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ fun. The ‘What’s that Garden Bird?’ class runs on Saturday and the Sunday (18th and 19th Jan) from 1-4pm and is a drop-in class. The event is free but admission charges for the reserve apply so after the drop-in why not test your new found skills out around the beautiful reserve!

Leighton Moss is home to the largest reed bed in the north-west of England, which makes it a great place to go bird watching. The lovely selection of trials and hides allow you to go exploring and catch a glimpse of some of the amazing birds that make their home in the reserve.

One of the winter time recommendations is to watch the flocks of Starlings at dusk that have come to roost and for anyone who hasn’t witnessed this spectacle it’s a truly mesmerising aerial display. Leighton Moss has an amazing array of wildlife to witness all year round and is a short drive away from additional reserve, Morecambe Bay which is another great destination to go bird watching.

Bird watching is an activity enjoyed by all ages and we can’t wait to see the results of the RSPB’s event. Hopefully this year even more people will take part and we will be able to gather even more important information about our country’s lovely birds!

Kirsty Jones

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