Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch at Belfast’s Window on Wildlife!

Big Garden Birdwatch

Learn how to prepare your garden for the world’s biggest wildlife survey for free this Saturday [23 January] at Belfast’s Window on Wildlife (WOW).

RSPB Northern Ireland is encouraging local people to get ready for the 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January and one way you can do this is by joining the team at WOW at Belfast’s Harbour Estate between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 23 January for a free drop-in event.

You’ll have the chance to make delicious treats to attract our feathered friends to your patch in time for the main event and learn basic birdwatching skills. At the nature reserve right in the heart of bustling Belfast Harbour you will also be able to enjoy excellent views of the Lough and the birds and wildlife which call the reserve home.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for everyone to actively help nature by donating just one hour to count the birds and other wildlife in their gardens. The data gathered from this survey provides a vital health-check of the wildlife that we share our homes with.

Last year almost half a million people across the UK, including more than 22,000 in Northern Ireland, took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Of the 127,700 birds counted in NI, house sparrows were the most commonly seen.

The Big Garden Birdwatch also asks participants to record other garden wildlife, including hedgehogs and squirrels.

For more information about Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

Teachers and pupils are also urged to take part in Big Schools’ Birdwatch between 4 January and 12 February. Further information can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch.

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