Bird lovers urged to get counting

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bird lovers are being encouraged to support a campaign to record their sightings.

Staff at Bury St Edmunds Garden Centre are backing the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) campaign and is offering bird lovers the chance to get involved with the Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29.

Carol Wright, manager of the garden centre in Rougham Road, said: “The Big Garden Birdwatch weekend is designed to help raise awareness of the RSPB and its important conservation work.

The charity is inviting people to get involved in the world’s biggest bird survey, which provides the organisation with a vital snapshot of the UK’s bird population.

“Anyone can join in by visiting and downloading a spotting form. We are also offering people the chance to pick up free bird spotting charts and we will be recording our sightings on-site during the weekend, too,” said Carol.

The event, established in 1979, invites people of all ages to spend one hour counting birds that visit their gardens and make a note of the highest number of each species seen on the ground at any one time.

Results are then logged on the website.