Countdown is on for big garden bird watch

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PEOPLE in Doncaster are being urged by the RSPB to help their local wildlife by taking part in the annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

The event will take place over the weekend of January 26 and 27. Last year almost 600,000 people across the UK took part in the project, between them counting more than nine million birds.

Joanna Keene, the RSPB’s people engagement manager in Northern England, said: “Taking part in the survey is fun and simple. Just spend one hour at any time over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend noting down the highest number of each bird species you see in your garden or local park at any one time.

“You’ve then got three weeks to tell us your results either by submitting them online at or in the post.”

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 birds.

You can register to take part at or call 0300 456 8330 to receive a free Big Garden Birdwatch pack.