RSPB campaign takes off

PUBLISHED: 18:56 08 January 2012

Daniel Taylor gets ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend.

Daniel Taylor gets ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend.

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THE latest RSPB protection campaign is being backed by a Somerset garden centre with a special bird watching weekend this month.

Staff at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll are taking part and encouraging people to join a nationwide annual bird counting exercise to provide the RSPB with useful data to help its work.

Peter Burks, the centre’s manager said the weekend would allow people to appreciate the conservation work the RSPB carry out.

He said: “On January 28 or January 29 spend an hour watching the birds in your garden or park and make a note of the highest number of each bird species seen on the ground at any one time. Then visit the RSPB website to enter your findings.”

Last year more than 600,000 people took part in the annual event, which has run since 1979, and more than 10 million birds were counted.

House sparrows retained the top spot for the eighth year running in the 2011 survey, with an average of four seen per garden.

For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk or www.sandersworld.co.uk

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