This weekend sees the return of the RSPB Garden Birdwatch to homes across the UK. The nation are urged to take out their binoculars and spend an hour keeping track of the birds that visit.

Results of the survey are vital for conservationists in identifying species of wildlife that are both thriving and struggling.

Last year saw 585,000 people spotting over eight million birds in their local areas. The blackbird was the most found species.  It was spotted in more than 90 per cent of gardens in 2015.

“All you need is your eyes and a little patience”
Janet Lamb

Janet Lamb who works at the Aviary in the Arboretum, told us ‘the arboretum is a great place to see the local wildlife. We have the likes of; sparrows, buzzards and starlings all feeding and nesting on the grounds.

If you’re into your action then it was only yesterday that we saw a crow attacking a sparrow. What makes birdwatching great is all you need is your eyes and a little patience for you to see some truly amazing sights.’

All pictures courtesy of Bethany Milnes

For more information on the event and how you can take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey click here.

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