The canal at Fradley Junction. Pic: Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Birdwatchers are being urged to head for Fradley Junction to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

The nationwide survey, which takes place on January 28 and 29, helps to monitor visiting birds over the winter period.

A special activity day at Fradley Junction will give people the chance learn more about attracting birds to their garden and identifying different species. They will be shown how to complete the survey and submit their findings.

Stuart Collins, volunteer leader for British Waterways said: “The region’s canals are a fantastic haven for birds, waterfowl and other wildlife and, with specially managed habitats and it’s very own bird hide, Fradley Junction is no exception.

“This event will help people of all ages and abilities learn how to identify different bird species. In the space of just one hour people will be able to spot a wide range of birds, many of which they may not see very often and, if we’re really lucky, perhaps even the blue flash of a Kingfisher darting from branch to branch.”

Results from the nationwide survey are collated and help to give the RSPB an understanding of any changes in the bird population. The findings from the 2011 survey showed an increase in smaller birds such as Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits, Coal Tits and Treecreepers which had suffered in the previous year due to an exceptionally cold winter.

The Fradley event, which is open to all ages and abilities, will start at 9.30am meeting at the courtyard near the cafe, and end at around 11.00am. People can bring binoculars and are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear. To book your place call 01827 252000.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.