FAMILIES can turn twitchers for a weekend to help study our feathered friends.
Residents will be asked to note down the number and type of species that visit their garden for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29.
The nationwide survey is being supported by Harrow Garden Centre in Headstone Lane, Harrow, whose manager Mike Townend 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 the fun by visiting www.rspb.org.uk and downloading a spotting form. We are also offering people the chance to pick up free bird spotting charts from the garden centre and we will be recording our sightings on-site during the weekend too.”
The house sparrow has proved Britain’s most popular garden visitor for the last eight years of the survey, which has been held annually since 1979. Last year more than 600,000 people took part and 10 million birds counted.
Mr Townend added: “January is the best time to see birds because the often harsh winter weather brings them into our gardens seeking food and shelter.”