January 26, 2011
gardeners urged to join RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to support
the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' (RSPB) annual event
to record sightings of wild birds.
Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll is encouraging bird lovers
to get involved with the charity's Big Garden Birdwatch, which
will be held this Saturday (January 29th) and Sunday (January
Peter Burks, General Manager of Sanders Garden World, 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 worlds biggest bird
survey, which provides it with a vital snapshot of the UKs
"Anyone can join in. We are offering people the chance to
pick up free bird spotting forms from the garden centre. These
need to be filled in and the results submitted on the RSPB website
from the garden centre will be submitting entries from their own
gardens too to support the initiative."
The annual event, which has been running since 1979, invites people
of all ages from all across the UK to spend one hour counting
the birds that visit their gardens.
During the weekend, there will also be displays of bird baths,
tables, feeders and wild bird food at Sanders Garden World. Staff
will be on hand to offer free advice to people looking for ideas
on how to encourage birds into their gardens.
Peter added: "January is the best time to see birds because
the harsh winter weather brings them into our gardens seeking
food and shelter. Birds are essential to a healthy garden as they
eat bugs so they need to be encouraged and looked after by gardeners."