The Titchwell Ticklist, December 15, 2015

Blackbird, Turdus merula, Kent, November.
Blackbird, Turdus merula, Kent, November.
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The world’s largest wildlife survey, the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, started in 1979, as an activity for the RSPB’s junior members. Over half a million took part in the last survey. Now it’s time to get ready to take part in the next one over the weekend of 30/31 January 2016 – just one hour of your time is needed.

In the lead up to the next Birdwatch visitors to RSPB Titchwell Marsh are invited to join in a day of activities on Saturday, 9 January. Weather permitting, there will be a bird ringing demonstration offering a chance to see woodland birds up close. There will also be a guided walk and the chance to make a bird feeder or birdie seed cake to take home. Our youngest visitors can take part in games, quizzes and puzzles – it really will be a family affair!

The Big Garden Birdwatch is about far more than just birds. We protect threatened birds, other wildlife and the places where they live, so they will always be there for us and future generations.

You may not see these creatures in your hour watching (especially grass snakes, slow worms and hedgehogs, which are hibernating now), but we’d like to know if any of them visit your garden or park and, if so, roughly how often.

Which birds you’ll see can vary depending on where you live, what food you use and where you place it. But one thing’s for certain: spend a little time preparing the ideal environment for our feathered friends and you’re sure to give nature a home in your garden

RSPB Titchwell Marsh’s special Birdwatch day will be held from 10am – 3pm on Saturday, 9 January. The bird ringing demonstration will be held from 10am – 1pm and the guided walk and activity will be from 11am and 2pm. £2 per adult, £1 per child (under 5’s free)

For further information or to book at place on RSPB Titchwell’s Birdwatch special day of activities call 01485 210779 or go to www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell

The RSPB website is now live with information on how to take part in the survey — including using a live bird counter, which means you can go digital and complete your results on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Count the wildlife that’s counting on you. See www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch