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Big Garden Birdwatch

Otley nature lovers can take part in the world's biggest wildlife survey this coming weekend (January 29-30) when an estimated one million people in Britain are likely to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

On the last weekend in January each year, the RSPB asks people to spend just an hour counting the birds visiting their garden or local park to help give the charity a snapshot of how our wildlife is faring. From that, it can spot the winners and the losers and focus its efforts on trying to do something to save them.

Local nature group Wildlife Friendly Otley is encouraging its members and as many people as possible to spare an hour on Saturday or Sunday counting the birds visiting their garden.

Details of how to take part are on the RSPB website: where you get a full guide and tips on attracting and identifying birds.

Anyone can take part and you don’t need any special equipment - although you may find a slice of cake and cup of tea helps you focus during the hour!

“You can be surprised and wowed by your local wildlife. it's a great way to get the children and whole family interested in wildlife “ says Neil Griffin, wildlife expert and education office for Wildlife Friendly Otley which is supporting the RSPB campaign with its own schemes to help local nature; such as it’s recently launched ‘Gardens for Wildlife’ campaign, details of which are on its website at

Big Garden Birdwatch is for everyone, whether you're a complete beginner or a birding expert. Simply count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour between 28 and 30 January 2022.

For more details on how to take part visit

“Encouraging birds into the garden is simple – give them a bit of extra food to top up their natural diet,” added River/Neil. “Our feathered visitors come in all shapes and sizes, and each have their own favourite foods. Nyjer seeds are rich in fat and loved by goldfinches; house sparrows like sunflower hearts; and mealworms are a favourite of many birds in spring when busy parents are looking for insects to feed their chicks. Remember to buy good quality feeders and keep them clean to prevent the spread of disease.”

Photos: Robins are one of the most frequent visitors to our gardens along with blackbirds, blue tits, sparrows and goldfinches.

Press enquiries:

Wildlife Friendly Otley:

Andrew McKeon. 07802 484155 or

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