Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Big Garden Birdwatch: Watch birdies for wildlife survey

The Turtle Dove is a rare visitor to Northern Ireland
The Turtle Dove is a rare visitor to Northern Ireland

More than 10,000 people across Northern Ireland took part in the world's biggest garden wildlife survey last year – and the RSPB is hoping to get even more this weekend.

The charity is calling on everyone to spend just one hour this weekend taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch by counting the birds in their patch.

And this year the survey is branching out to include other creatures besides birds – everything from squirrels and badgers to hedgehogs and frogs.

This will help build a picture of how important gardens are for giving wildlife a home. Last year's survey across the UK revealed that some of our most threatened and best-loved bird species continued to decline.

Bullfinch numbers fell by 20% and dunnock sightings dropped by 13%.

To take part and to register just visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

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