Sewerby Hall gears up for big birdwatch

The RSPB Bempton Cliffs team will be at Sewerby Hall at weekends between 11am and 3.30pm.
The RSPB Bempton Cliffs team will be at Sewerby Hall at weekends between 11am and 3.30pm.

Residents in Bridlington are being called upon to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

In the run-up to the Big Garden Birdwatch (January 30-31), the RSPB Bempton Cliffs team will be at Sewerby Hall and Gardens at weekends to offer advice on identifying the different birds and wildlife.

There is an opportunity to join the team and get creative with colouring activities and the chance to make apple feeders. There will also be a game of hide and seek with Mrs P the Puffin (weather dependent) and a prize draw to win an RSPB bird pack.

During the birdwatch weekend, you can also take part in the survey at Sewerby Hall, where volunteers will be on hand with binoculars to help visitors spot our feathered friends. These are free sessions, but normal admission charges to Sewerby Hall and Gardens apply.

Daniel Hayhow, RSPB conservation scientist, said: “Last year’s survey saw more than 8.5 million birds spotted nationally, making it another great year for participation.

“With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with over 30 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing. As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year, making your results very valuable.

“With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.

“Once we know which birds are in trouble, together we can ensure that our garden wildlife will be around forever.”

For more information on taking part, email thomas.cross@rspb.org.uk or call 01262 422212.