Volunteer plea for birdwatch

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South Yorkshire nature enthusiasts are being asked by the RSPB to join the annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

The event takes place over the weekend of Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27.

Almost 600,000 people across the UK took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in 2012 and between them counted more than nine million birds.

Now in its 34th year, the survey provides the RSPB with an important snapshot of garden bird populations in winter and has helped to highlight some dramatic declines in UK garden bird numbers.

Register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2013 at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call the hotline on 0300 456 8330 to receive a free Big Garden Birdwatch information pack.