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Fradley Junction to play host to RSPB birdwatch event

People are being invited to Fradley Junction to take part in a national birdwatch event.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place this weekend and on Saturday (January 29) a special event is being hosted by British Waterways.

Paul Wilkinson, British Waterways’ ecologist, said:

“With specially managed habitats and it’s very own bird hide Fradley junction is a wonderful place for spotting all kinds of wildlife but especially birds and waterfowl. This event will give people a great opportunity to spot water loving birds, such as herons, kingfishers and lapwings as well as beautiful countryside birds that are less common in more urban areas.”

Results in 2010 saw unusually high numbers of countryside birds like fieldfares, redwings, bullfinches and yellowhammers.

Other members of the thrush family, including song thrush, mistle thrush and blackbird, were seen in much higher numbers.

Fen Gerry, RSPB’s Media & Communication’s Officer, said:

“The waterways are home to a wonderful diversity of birds, from the elusive kingfisher to the striking bullfinch. Past Big Garden Birdwatch results have enabled us to embark upon studies to identify the cause of certain species decline as well as steps we can take to help them recover.

“By giving up just one hour over the weekend, you can make a real difference to our knowledge, helping us to distinguish the birds that are doing well from those that need help.”

The event, which is open to all ages, will start at 8.30am with people meeting at the entrance to the reservoir near The White Swan pub. The birdwatch will finish at around 10am.

Booking is essential and can be done by calling 01827 252000.

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