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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-01-28

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Local House builders and RSPB encourage homeowners to invite birds into gardens

NEW homeowners across Southport are being encouraged to invite birds into their garden, by local house builder, David Wilson Homes (DWH) North West, ahead of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

The national wildlife survey event is taking place from 28 January to 30 January 2017, and encourages people to join the millions who take part in counting the birds across the country. Southport residents are being encouraged to get involved by dropping into DWH North West's Pavilion Gardens site to collect some free bird feed and an RSPB information pack which will help locals to identify and survey the area's feathered friends. It can be obtained via popping into Pavilion Garden's Marketing Suite, situated on Town Lane, Southport, plus a simple step by step guide to each of these activities, visit the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch page online.

Steve Jackson, Sales Director at DWH North West, said:- "The Big Garden Birdwatch is such an exciting event and we wanted to encourage Southport homeowners and house hunters to get involved and invite birds into their garden. Birds are absolutely mesmerising in their behaviours and this is something that, as a nation, we should be able to appreciate more. We hope these tips will help to encourage wildlife into people's gardens and give birds a home this season."

Ahead of the Big Garden Birdwatch, 5 star housebuilder DWH North West has teamed up with the RSPB to give its top tips on how new residents can give nature a home and ensure they have plenty of feathered friends close by to document.

The activities are simple and easy to do, yet can help transform a brand new garden into a wildlife haven for birds.

DWH North West's top tips:-

1.Provide plenty of food....

To ensure the birds pay a visit to your new garden, be sure to lay out plenty of food to entice them, including seeds and suet which can be put in a bird feeder or on a roofed bird table.

2. Create a sparrow street...

Introduce a nestbox into your garden and give somewhere for House sparrows to raise their chicks. Sadly, the UK population of House sparrows has halved in recent years, so the RSPB is encouraging people to build sparrow boxes and put them up in their gardens, providing shelter and a home for the birds. Sparrows like to have their friends nearby so why not encourage a colony of them in your garden by building a sparrow street and putting a row of them together?

3. Plant a tree in your garden....

Trees play a vital part in offering birds a home so why not invite them into your garden by planting your very own tree? They offer song perches, nesting sites, safe retreats, and highways in the sky, so there's no reason why this wouldn't help bring some wildlife into your own garden. This works with trees of all sizes, so don't think because you have a smaller garden you might not be able to take part, as apple trees are a perfect choice for those with less room.

Adrian Thomas, Communications Officer at the RSPB, said:- "The Big Garden Birdwatch gives us a great snapshot of how our garden birds are faring and we need to know this information for new build houses as well as older properties. With just a bit of effort, we know new homes for people can be great homes for the nation's favourite birds too."


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