Take part in Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey this weekend.

Labour Parliamentary Spokesperson Andrew Pakes and Councillor Pete Marland have teamed up with the RSPB to encourage families to take part in the RSPBs Big Garden Birdwatch.

Now in its 34th year, the Birdwatch has helped to highlight some dramatic declines in UK garden birds.

Everyone can join in by spending just one hour at any time over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend to count the number of bird species seen in their gardens or local park. There is also a Big Schools’ Birdwatch from January 21 to February 1.

Andrew and Pete are encouraging more people from Milton Keynes to join in the Big Garen Birdwatch by signing up at www.rspb.org.uk.

Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Spokesperson for Milton Keynes said: “The cold weather is a difficult time for much of our wildlife. The Big Garden Birdwatch is an excellent way to find out more about bird numbers and where they live. Changing weather patterns and human development means that some birds have really struggled in recent years. The RSPB are helping to put that right but need our help.

“I hope other families across the city will join Pete and me in helping keep an eye on our wildlife by visiting www.rspb.org.uk and signing up for the birdwatch.”

Sarah Houghton, RSPB manager for the Birdwatch, said: “No matter where people take part, whether at home with the family, with classmates at school or with friends in the beer garden of the local pub, we’re joining forces to gather vital information about some of our most familiar garden birds. It’s a great way to get to know the creatures that live around us, and that’s especially important for children. Feeding garden birds can often be a child’s first encounter with wildlife and can spark a lifelong interest in nature.”