Find out more about our feathered friends

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE residents are this month being invited to a garden centre in the county to find out all about feeding their feathered friends.

Wyevale Woburn Sands is hosting a Wild Bird Care Fortnight from next Saturday until Sunday, October 30.

Dominic Wright, Manager of the garden centre on Newport Road in Woburn Sands, said: “We are hosting the event to help raise awareness of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) national ‘Feed the Birds Day’ on Saturday, October 29.

“Visitors will receive free tips and advice about feeding and caring for their garden birds.”

During the garden centre’s Wild Bird Care Fortnight, there will be free fun activities for children including a competition for youngsters to draw a picture of a wild bird.

There will be two age categories: three to seven-year-olds and eight to 14-year-olds. The winners of each age category will receive a certificate, a Gardman large flip top seed feeder, an eight kilogram box of seed mix and a Chapelwood pink bird seed feeder.

The runners up from each age category will receive a certificate, a Gardman standard flip top seed feeder and a four kilogram bag of seed mix.

The prizes for the competition have been donated by suppliers of wild bird care products, Chapelwood and Gardman.

During the event children will also be able to take part in a spot the bird hunt around the garden centre.

Dominic added: “There will be 20% off all RSPB Wild Bird Food and Treats for all our Gardening Club members at Wyevale Woburn Sands Garden Centre from October 5 until November 8. The charity supplies a range of bird feeds to the garden centre and 100% of the RSPB’s profits from the sale of these feeds goes directly towards the charity’s conservation work.”

The RSPB is Europe’s largest wildlife conservation organisation with more than one million members. It works to secure a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife and relies on memberships and donations to fund its work.