People urged to spot birds

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SOUTH Yorkshire residents are being asked to help a wildlife charity monitor the birds visiting gardens across the region as part of a huge nationwide survey.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on Saturday and Sunday and people are being urged to spend an hour in their garden recording the highest number of each bird species seen.

More than 7,000 people in South Yorkshire took part in last year’s survey, recording the house sparrow as the county’s most common bird.

A Birdwatch results form will be available online at

And visitors to RSPB Old Moor, near Barnsley, can make bird feeders on Saturday from 11am to 3pm, as well as get advice and tips about spotting garden birds. For information, call 01226 273837.