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Winter Birds

Find out more about the birds visiting your garden this winter. Get some tips on how you can help them to survive the cold weather or book your place on our bird-spotting course.

What can you do to help birds this winter?

It’s well known that providing extra food for birds is beneficial especially over winter. It can be as simple as leaving some scraps of meat or biscuit crumbs in your garden. Or if you would like to provide a feast for your feathery visitors then you can place nuts, seeds, fruit and fat balls in feeders and on bird tables. The RSPB website provides useful feeding advice.

Make sure you replenish bird-feeders regularly otherwise the birds will waste vital energy visiting an empty feeder.

At the Centre, we see Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Chaffinches, Long-tailed Tits and Blue Tits enjoying the bird feeders. We also have green woodpeckers that feed on the lawn and herons that feed in the ponds in the Centre grounds.

Need help identifying birds?

If you are looking for an identification guide then the Field Studies Council can help! A foldout chart containing the top 50 birds in British gardens is available on the FSC website.

Why not book a place on the Winter Birds adult course on Sunday 15 January? It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the best bird spots in Essex, an area well known for winter wildfowl and waders. The course is run by Andy Fleming, an experienced ornithologist with excellent knowledge of birding sites and species.

Put your identification skills to good use by taking part in a bird survey:

• Join the RSPBs Big Garden Birdwatch on 28 and 29 January 2012. It only takes an hour and if you haven’t got a garden you can collect data at your local park. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch for details. Schools can also join in on 16 to 30 January 2012. See www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch for more details.

• The BTO runs a Garden Birdwatch survey all year round. To find out how you can take part go to www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/taking-part.

Thursday, November 24, 2011