A SHERBORNE garden centre is offering bird lovers the chance to take part in a national event this weekend.
To mark the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Big Garden Bird Watch, Castle Gardens will present a new birdhouse and feeder to the bird enthusiast who spots and records the most varieties on Saturday and Sunday.
The garden centre is handing out bird counting sheets which entrants must complete and return by Sunday, February 3, when the winner will be selected.
Mike Burks, managing director of the Gardens Group, said: “The recent cold weather has made more people aware of birds and that’s brilliant.
“But it is important to keep bird feeders topped up and clear of any snow so that birds can spot the food and reach it without using loads of energy.
“As gardeners already know, birds are like an unpaid army of natural pest controllers and they come every day if they feel welcome.
“The fact that they are also such a delight to watch is just an added bonus. We want to support the RSPB event and encourage people to take part in such an important recording of Britain’s birds.”
Bird counting sheets are available from Castle Gardens by contacting 01935 814633 or by visiting www.thegardeneronline.co.uk or you can visit www.rspb.org.uk.
bird lovers: Staff member Brian King, of Castle Gardens, is urging people to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch for the chance of winning a new bird house and feeder.