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Young bird watchers go twitching at Rainham marshes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 January 2016

Howard Vaughan shows kids the art of birdwatching

Howard Vaughan shows kids the art of birdwatching

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Every month children in Havering flock to Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve to watch the skies.

The reserve, run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), is full of wildlife.

Birds of prey and rare species are regularly seen as are water voles living in the ditches.

The society runs sessions at the reserve, in New Tank Hill Road, where budding birdwatchers can roam the marshes and search for the creatures that live and visit there.

Each month the changing seasons and scenery bring new exciting and interesting animals to spot.

This month, the charity is encouraging people to take part in the annual nationwide Big Garden Birdwatch Survey, on January 30 and 31.

The aim is for people to spend an hour watching the wildlife in their garden.

Last year around half a million people took part and recorded seven million birds between them.

Ahead of the survey, the charity is inviting families to prepare by building a bird feeder at a workshop on January 24, at 10.30am, or going on a nature walk at 1.30pm.

For more information call 01708 899840.

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