RSPB asks birdwatchers for help with survey

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AMATEUR ornithologists in the Scarborough area are being asked to keep an eye on local birds this weekend.

All they will need is a pen and paper, a comfy seat and an hour of their time, as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

They are being asked to count the birds in their gardens or parks and record the highest number of each bird species seen at any one time.

The results can be submitted online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

The RSPB is appealing for more sets of eyes in North Yorkshire than ever before to help form a picture of the fortunes of garden favourites in the recent topsy turvy weather.

Last year, more than 600,000 people took part nationally.

Recent harsh winters have seen some garden bird populations in North Yorkshire drop, only to make a comeback after a good breeding season the following year.

Sightings of the UK’s smallest bird, the goldcrest, went up 200% in North Yorkshire while long-tailed tits rose by two-thirds and coal tits by a third.

Many people in North Yorkshire were lucky enough to see waxwings during what is known as a waxwing winter. A small flock of waxwings has recently been seen near B&Q in Seamer Road.

This weekend, from 10am to 3pm both days, staff and volunteers at the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs will answer questions about identifying birds and show people how they can take part in the survey.