Join the Big Garden Birdwatch and help the world’s biggest wildlife survey

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Budding birdwatchers across Bedfordshire are invited to Jordans Mill on Saturday, January 24 where the RSPB will be running lots of activities for all ages to enjoy in celebration of its annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

Now in its 36th year, the Big Garden Birdwatch is the biggest event in the RSPB’s calendar and the biggest wildlife survey in the world. Thousands of people across the UK will spend an hour counting the birds and wildlife in their gardens and schools, and telling the RSPB what they see.

To highlight this important campaign and encourage people to join in, Jordans Mill in Biggleswade is hosting a special event between 11am and 3pm in conjunction with the RSPB to help the people of Bedfordshire learn more about birds, wildlife and how they can tempt more of them into their gardens.

The RSPB will be running a host of activities including making fat balls and bird food kebabs, a children’s bird quiz, nature-themed face painting, wildlife colouring, and face mask and finger puppet making.

Guided bird walks around Jordans Mill’s garden and meadow will also be taking place with friendly RSPB staff and volunteers on hand with information on giving nature a home and garden bird feeding. Guided walks will be free of charge and will run at noon and 2pm.

And a Big Garden BIrdwatch will take place for one hour during the day, so visitors can see for themselves how to do it, so they can do their own birdwatch at home.

24 January also marks the start of National Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which Jordans Mill will be celebrating all week with special competitions and promotions, including two full farmhouse breakfasts for £10, usually priced at £6.95 each.

Bill Jordan, Trustee of Jordans Mill, said: “Jordans Mill and the RSPB have enjoyed a good working relationship since the Mill re-opened as a visitor and heritage attraction in April 2013 and we’re delighted to be playing such a big part in their crucially important Big Garden Birdwatch.

“Through our Mill Garden and meadow, we are committed to encouraging more birds and wildlife to make their homes here and we’re looking forward to finding out how many species visit us.

“To boost the numbers and make the garden and wildflower meadow an even more attractive habitat we will be installing additional bird boxes, feeders and welcoming a birding volunteer who will be responsible for looking after the wildlife and telling our visitors all about the different types of birds and animals that call Jordans Mill their home.”

Admission to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event at Jordans Mill is free with a nominal charge for some of the activities. The usual admission charge for the Mill and Gardens applies. The event starts at 11am and will finish at 3pm. To find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch please visit www.rspb.org.uk and to find out more about Jordans Mill visitwww.jordansmill.com or www.facebook.com/jordansmill or call 01767 603940 for general information.