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January 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Merseyside, it's time to prepare for the world's biggest garden wildlife survey

Merseyside, it's time to prepare for the world's biggest garden wildlife survey

Big Garden Birdwatch - 24 and 25 January 2015

The countdown has commenced for the world's biggest garden wildlife survey - and more people in Merseyside than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch (January 24-25).
Now in its 36th year, the popular event is fun for all ages and it's easy to join in. Simply count the birds in your garden or local park for one hour over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and tell the RSPB what you see.
And for the second time in the event's history, participants are also being asked to log some of the other wildlife which snuffles and settles in their gardens and local parks, and this year there are two new additions to the survey list; slow worms and grass snakes.

To help you prepare for the Big Garden Birdwatch, there are plenty of events taking place in Merseyside throughout January - from discovering how to attract more wildlife into your garden to gaining tips on how to identify the creatures which live on your doorstep.

Go along to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands on Sunday 11 January between 11 am-3 pm to make a tasty bird cake which you can take home and hang in the garden to attract our feathered friends. RSPB staff and volunteers will also be on hand to offer advice about what to feed garden birds during the winter months. The event is free, but donations are welcome to cover costs of materials. On Sunday 18 January, return to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands to learn how to recognise a variety of different garden birds at the reserve's feeding station. Friendly staff will be able to help you brush up on identification skills in time for the Big Garden Birdwatch, as well as sharing tips on how to attract birds to your garden. The free drop-in event runs from 11 am- 3pm. For both events, normal reserve entry charges apply for non-members. For more information call 0151 353 8478 or email deeestuary@rspb.org.uk.

In the build-up to Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, head to Sefton Park's Palm House on Sunday 18 January where members of RSPB Liverpool Local Group will be on hand to share plenty of tips and advice on how to make sure your Big Garden Birdwatch is a success. The free drop-in will run from 12 pm-4 pm. For more information, call 07831 352870 or email christtynan@aol.com
Come and meet Monty! This year we have a special guest, honorary member 'MONTY' the Adelie penguin from the Lewis's Christmas TV ad. www.johnlewis.com/christmas-advert-2014-montys-christmas
Monty will be with us for a few weeks before heading for his new nest. Monty is to be raffled in aid of the UK overseas territories appeal. TICKETS SOLD AT PALM HOUSE EVENT

Or if you are feeling creative, join RSPB staff at the Art Box at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport to make a pine cone feeder to attract birds to your garden ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch. There will also be the chance to find out more about taking part in the survey, including tips on how to tell our feathered friends apart. The event will be held on Sunday 18 January from 11 am-3 pm, with a charge of £1 to cover costs of materials. For more information, call 07793 902622 or email alex.pigott@rspb.org.uk.
Jo Keene, RSPB Senior People Engagement Manager in Northern England, said: "Whether it's the first time you are taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, or you're already an expert, there are plenty of ways to prepare and join in.
"To take part, all you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 24-25 January and count the birds in your garden, it's that simple. It's a fantastic way to discover the wildlife on your doorstep and it really helps the RSPB to gain a vital snapshot of garden bird numbers in winter and highlight any dramatic declines, as bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside.
"With the addition of other wildlife to the survey, such as hedgehogs, badgers and frogs, we are able to build up a better idea of how important our gardens are for providing homes for nature.

"Last year, around half a million people took part and seven million birds were counted, so we are hoping even more people join in this year, as the more people involved, the more we can learn. So join in and be part of the world's biggest garden wildlife survey - without having to leave your sofa."
Participants can record the birds as they see them directly onto a laptop, tablet or smartphone with an online bird counting tool or send results in the post.
To help attract wildlife into your garden, there are plenty of tips for helping to give nature a home where you live on the RSPB website. No matter how big or small your outside space, there's something you can do to make a difference. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/homes for more information.

Register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2015 at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Alternatively, call 0300 456 8330.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Monty has a new home

Monty has a new home

Monty Adelie star of the Lewis's Christmas Advert (www.johnlewis.com/christmas-advert-2014-montys-christmas) life long honorary member of Liverpool RSPB has a new home.
As Monty was an Adelie penguin from the antarctic we naturally linked him to all his kin who live in the Uk overseas territories.

Our Monty was raffled by the group and local group member Fran was the lucky Winner.

We raised a cracking £274 for the RSPB's UK overseas territories appeal -http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/donations/campaigns/ukot/index.aspx

****Our thanks to all who bought tickets for this important cause.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year from RSPB Liverpool

Happy New Year from RSPB Liverpool

Greetings all.

Sending you best wishes for a Happy Healthy Successful New year.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and for those who over-indulged last night your sore heads are recovering!
Welcome to 2015, and a great 'Birding' year ahead of us.

To start the new year we have our now annual 'Big New Year Birdwatch' on Sunday 4th January closely followed by our 'Big Garden Birdwatch' event at Sefton Park's Palm House on Sunday 18th, all welcome to join us, old, new and prospective members!

All our Indoor and outdoor events are listed on our events page (or in process- isn't that what Christmas holidays are for?) We have some great speakers and lots of great days out planned.

Some of our members are on their way to Croatia in April for another 'Foreign shores trip'. Our pal Ged Gorman is leading the way again, should be a cracker. (May be 1 or 2 spaces left if interested?)

Any one off additional trips/weekends away/Mersey ferry trips will be announced as and when known.

Don't forget 'Monty' is only with us for a short time, before he leaves for his new nest, so if you want a selfie with him make sure you turn up on the 4th or 18th!

Comms Team