Come and join us on the Big Garden Birdwatch in Beacon Park this Sunday

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place in Lichfield’s Beacon Park this Sunday (28 January) and everyone is welcome to come and join in.

The free event, first conducted in 1979, is an annual public survey which sees more than 500,000 people take part nationally with all records submitted for analysis by the RSPB scientists to help assess how our birds are faring.

On Sunday participants are invited to join the Countryside Ranger in the Peace Woodland, adjacent to the path to Abnalls Lane at the far end of the golf course, for the activity from 11am to 12noon.

They are recommended to dress for the weather, bring a camping chair and binoculars if they possess them and, as it is a stationary activity, bring extra layers of clothing and possibly a flask containing a hot drink.

For those who do not wish to spend a whole hour birdwatching, there will also be a fun nest building challenge to have a go at.

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said: “The RSPB Birdwatch is a great annual event in support of our feathered friends.

“You don’t have to be an ornithologist. Just come along and join in.”

The event will not go ahead if there are strong winds and heavy snow/ice. For confirmation, if necessary, on the day, please ring the Ranger Station on 01543 308867.