Big Garden Bird Watch at Gortin Glens

Published: 25th January 2016

Come along to Gortin Glen Forest Park on Sunday 31 January 2016 between 2 and 4pm to join in this year’s Big Garden Bird Watch.

This free local annual event in Gortin Glens will give all the family a chance to learn more about their garden birds and of course practice their bird identification skills in the forest bird watch. Other activities include making a bird-friendly kebab, up-cycling old Christmas baubles and making new clay bird baubles for your 2016 tree. New this year is a tricky trail with conundrum questions to solve as you walk around the park.  The local biodiversity officer and guides from Forest Service will also be on hand to show you how to complete a Birdwatch chart and advise you on your garden bird care.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch – the world’s largest wildlife survey – takes place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January 2016 and RSPB really needs your help.   Last year almost half a million people across the UK, including more than 22,000 in Northern Ireland, took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.  Of the 127,700 birds counted in Northern Ireland, house sparrows were the most commonly seen.

Birds need calorie-rich food at this time of year to help them maintain their fat reserves. Opt for peanuts, sunflower hearts, suet balls, finely chopped bacon rind and even a little bit of grated cheese in your feeders and on bird tables. For a balanced diet, still provide your normal seed mix, as well as these fattier foods.  For more information about Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.  Teachers and pupils are also urged to take part in Big Schools’ Birdwatch until 12 February. Further information can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch.

For further information about this free event in Gortin Glens and more information on biodiversity in the area, please contact your local biodiversity officer at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email: julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com.

Gortin Glen is a state forest managed by the Northern Ireland Forest Service.

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