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RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2017


Take part in this weekend’s massive birdwatching event


Protecting garden bird species is of the utmost importance to preserving our urban and suburban environments, and the biggest nationwide event involved in this is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, running from 28-30 January.

Last year’s Birdwatch saw more than 500,000 people take part, with over 8,000,000 birds counted! The RSPB website (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch) offers some great advice on bird feeding and bird baths, such as how to open a bird cafe or create the perfect home for starlings.

RSPB Salthome, on Teesside, is offering activity days, showcasing bird feeding and garden maintenance for birds, for families on the weekend of the 28-29 January. Admission is £2 per child, and the day lasts from 10am-4pm. Full address – RSPB Saltholme, Seaton Carew TS2 1TU. Bus connections from Middlesbrough and Hartlepool are available, and there is parking at the site.

There is also a Big Garden Birdwatch event at Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene on Saturday, 28 January from 10am-2pm, where you can discover the wonders of this natural beauty spot and report your own findings from home.

RSPB Newcastle members will be handing out leaflets and giving advice in the shelter next to the bird feeding station, giving an opportunity to watch birds on the feeders and around the wildlife garden. This will be in conjunction with the ranger and local volunteers.  Jesmond Dene can be reached by bus at Cradlewell and Metro at Jesmond. There is car parking, toilets, and a café.

Free information packs are available from www.rspb.org.net and orders made before January 30 receive £5 off their next order from the RSPB.


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