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Residents and staff at Brook Court Care Home in Kidderminster recently took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (24 – 25 January).

The aim of the birdwatch is to count and record the number of birds in a garden or nearby green space. Results are then submitted through a live device or by mail.

With support of Wyre Forest District Council and the West Midlands Bird Club, the campaign will help monitor bird activity across the UK.

Steve Martin, Activity Coordinator from Brook Court said:

“The bird count was not only a fantastic opportunity to bring people together on the day, it has also instilled a legacy of trying to attract more birds into our gardens. Residents are informing me each morning which birds they have seen visiting the garden.”

Brian Rickett of West Midlands Bird Club is actively involved in promoting the Big Garden Birdwatch. Brian is also encouraging local primary schools to take part in the Big School Birdwatch at Bodenham Arboretum, Kidderminster.

He added:

“We welcome Primary School children to take part in our ‘Lives of Birds’ education programme which has proved very popular over the years. The aims are to encourage all children and their parents to visit the countryside and take an interest in our wild birds and their habitats.”

Big Schools' Birdwatch is a simple educational activity that gets you and your class closer to the birds visiting your school grounds.

Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:

“This is great initiative where the community can learn about the different species of birds in the area. We also encourage local schools to use the watch and learn more about the surrounding wildlife in their area.”

It can be carried out at any point between 5 January and 13 February 2015. Every school or group that submits their results before the 20 February will be sent a certificate and free personalised poster as a thank you for taking part.

For more information on the programme, please email or call 01562 824616.

Wyre Forest District Council