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Doing your bit for the birds

By Linda McKee

The RSPB is urging Ulster people to think about the ways they can help wildlife to make it through the winter months.

More than half of us (61%) regularly put out tasty treats like bread, peanuts and seeds to help the birds in their gardens - but the RSPB says that there are several other simple things we can all do.

As it marks its annual Feed the Birds Day on October 27, the charity is also launching Homes for Wildlife, a new activity inspiring people to make a real difference for the wildlife that shares the open spaces closest to us.

It hopes that more than 200,000 people will follow its free wildlife gardening advice to help them transform their homes and gardens into wildlife havens.

The RSPB's Colum Delaney said: "We want people to let their gardens go a bit wild - just leaving a small area of long grass will encourage insects and provide food for birds.

"Planting shrubs and building a pond will also be extremely beneficial. As the winter months approach it is important that we give our feathered friends a helping hand and we would therefore encourage everyone to feed the birds in their gardens."

The RSPB is producing an extensive Homes for Wildlife information pack full of simple advice and recommendations for every garden. Everybody registering to take part in Homes for Wildlife will receive one of these packs either electronically or in hard copy.

For further information on events and details of how to register, visit the RSPB website

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