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Join the world's biggest bird watching event

Join the world's biggest bird watching event on 28 January in Pittville Park, Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Borough Council's community rangers are teaming up with the Friends of Pittville Park and Cheltenham Bird Club for the world’s biggest birdwatching event – the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place the last weekend in January.

Over 470,000 people around the country took part in the event in 2006, which aims to create a vital snapshot of the UK’s bird population in the winter months.

Anyone who wants to get involved can record the birds they see in their back garden, or they can get out and about and do the spotting in local parks and green spaces. Community rangers and Cheltenham Bird Club members will be in Pittville Park in Cheltenham from 10am to 2pm on Sunday 28 January to help with recognising birds and recording the results for the RSPB's survey.

Helpers will be based on the bridge by the main playground in Pittville Park, and will also be organising some short walks in the park.

Community ranger Stephanie Gadal says: “This is a great chance for families to come along to Pittville Park and find out more about Cheltenham's birdlife. People see lots of birds in their garden or local park, but perhaps don’t always know what species they're looking at. It's also an opportunity for nature lovers to actively participate in bird conservation, as they will be helping the RSPB gather vital information about the UK bird population.”

All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by adults - and don't forget to dress for the cold and wet and bring something to write with.

Cheltenham Bird Club member Tim Fretter comments: "This is a great opportunity for club members to share their interest in birds, to help the park management and to contribute to this important national survey."

Councillor Chris Ryder, cabinet member for quality of life, says: "This will be a fun day out for anyone with an interest in nature and wildlife, and I'm delighted that the council's community rangers and Cheltenham Bird Club will be on hand in Pittville Park on the 28th to help with spotting and recording birds for the RSPB."

Posted : 23/01/2007 19:50:35

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