March 10 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fledgling birdwatchers are needed to help the UK’s biggest count of native birds on Saturday.
Rangers in South Park, Ilford, will be enlisting children for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
The charity fears some species may be declining and uses the survey, by volunteers in homes and parks across the country, to monitor numbers.
In South Park, there will also be bird-inspired craft activities and games for little helpers during the event from 10.30-12.30pm.
The birdwatch, which has been running for 36 years, is including garden wildlife like squirrels, hedgehogs and frogs, for the first time this year.
Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director, said: ”Winter has felt more like autumn for many of us and this could have a significant impact on the number of birds in our gardens.
“Birds come into gardens for food when they can’t find it in the wider countryside but if insects and berries continue to be available long into winter, numbers visiting gardens may be down.”
The South Park birdwatch costs £2 per child, call 020 8559 2316 to book.