Big Birdwatch comes to RSPB Rainham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 January 2015

Howard Vaughan shows kids the art of birdwatching

Howard Vaughan shows kids the art of birdwatching


This weekend will see the annual Big Garden Birdwatch take place with the RSPB.

The aim is for everyone to keep an eye on the wildlife around them and last year around a half a million people took part and recorded seven million birds between them.

In the run-up this year RSPB Rainham Marshes, in Purfleet, encouraged the younger members of the community to go along and practise spying the birds on the reserve.

Oddly enough, the big birdwatch isn’t just about our feathered friends.

The charity encourages everyone to look out for all kinds of wildlife that might come across their back gardens or local parks.

The children at the Kids’ Birdwatching Club were armed with binoculars and taken out onto the marshes to keep their eyes peeled for whatever they could find.

The success of the club means it is now a monthly event which invites all budding ornithologists to come along at the cost of £5, or £2.50 for Wildlife Explorers members, to roam the marshes in search of the creatures that live and visit there.

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult and the next club will take place in February.

For more information call RSPB Rainham Marshes on 01708 899840.

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