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Dagenham nature fans join Big Garden Birdwatch

PUBLISHED: 12:49 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 01 February 2016

Ranger, Ruth Taylor, led the Big Garden Birdwatch

Ranger, Ruth Taylor, led the Big Garden Birdwatch

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Chilly weather did not stop ranger Ruth Taylor leading the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch walk at Eastbrookend Country Park on Thursday.

The world’s largest wildlife survey, where people count birds for an hour, is now in its 37th year.

This year more than 500,000 people were expected to take part.

Data is collected and sent back to the RSPB to raise awareness of species in decline.

Ruth said: “We saw lots of common birds, robins, chaffinches, greenfinches but we also saw some ringed-necked parakeets.

“There are usually hundreds of them at the country park.”

But you don’t need to visit a country park to take part.

Even from the comfort of their own home people can attract wildlife and contribute.

“A lot of people put up feeders which attract birds.” Ruth said. “It’s a nice way of looking at nature in your own back garden and seeing the different birds or seeing which species are popular.”

Ruth added that it’s something that families to do together.

“If people are doing it with their children it’s a really nice for children and they gain respect for nature.”

To find out more visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or visit the Eastbrookend Country Park Facebook page.


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