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Help count birds in Diss during the 40th RSPB Big Birdwatch

PUBLISHED: 15:55 25 January 2019

People are being encourage to spend an hour counting birds this weekend as part in the 40th anniversary RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Picture: Eleanor Bentall/RSPB Images

People are being encourage to spend an hour counting birds this weekend as part in the 40th anniversary RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Picture: Eleanor Bentall/RSPB Images

Eleanor Bentall

Nature lovers in Diss are being asked to take part in the country's biggest birdwatch this weekend.

Tits and other garden birds on feeder. What will you spot during the RSPB Big Birdwatch? Picture: David Tipling/RSPBTits and other garden birds on feeder. What will you spot during the RSPB Big Birdwatch? Picture: David Tipling/RSPB

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place from Saturday through to Monday and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the initiative, which asks people to spend one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden or local green space, then send their results to the RSPB.

Fabian Harrison, RSPB eastern England communications officer, said: “For years now the people of Norfolk have been contributing to the Big Garden Birdwatch.

“Every January, over 9,000 people in our county take part in the count, helping us form an idea of how our wildlife is faring and what we need to do to help it. We need you again, in your thousands, to count the wildlife that’s counting on you this weekend.”

For four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It alerted the RSPB to the decline in the number of song thrushes, starlings and house sparrows and the increase in the collared dove and wood pigeon populations.

Dunnock on a branch. The RSPB Big Birdwatch helps to highlight the winners and losers in the garden bird world. Picture: Mike Lane/RSPBDunnock on a branch. The RSPB Big Birdwatch helps to highlight the winners and losers in the garden bird world. Picture: Mike Lane/RSPB

As well as counting birds, the RSPB is once again asking participants to log some of the other wildlife they have seen throughout the year. This year, people are being asked to look out for badger, fox, grey squirrel, red squirrel, muntjac deer, roe deer, frog and toad.

To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2019, watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three days. Only count the birds that land, not those flying over and record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total you see in the hour.

Once you have recorded the birds that make a visit, submit your results online at RSPB Big Birdwatch

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