BIRDS: Activities to enrich lives

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Thank you for your generous feature on the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch, (News Guardian, January 17).

Readers might like to know that as well as counting the birds in their gardens and parks, they can also join in free, family friendly, bird walks.

The Newcastle RSPB local group, which covers Tyneside and Northumberland, and itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is meeting at Jesmond Dene on Saturday, January 26, to offer a series of walks.

North Tyneside Council’s parks department will also have events at the Rising Sun Country Park, Northumberland Park and Wallsend Park over the weekend.

Last year, half-a-million people across the UK spent an hour counting and reporting on their garden birds.

This is the nation’s, if not the world’s largest citizen science project.

Counting our birds, bees, butterflies and badgers year on year tells us what is happening to our wildlife and so our planet.

Your contribution will help to record environmental change and encourage governments to act.

And watching nature flourish around us enhances all our lives.

Jeff Mason

Whitley Bay