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Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor says ‘Count the wildlife – it’s counting on you’

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is encouraging residents to get involved in the 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch.

The RSPB initiative is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and will celebrate its 38th year on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, said: “The Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for everyone to actively help nature and Mid and East Antrim is backing the campaign.

“The results from the Big Garden Birdwatch each year help build a picture of wildlife across the country which is important for conservation efforts. Last year, more than 519,000 people all over the UK counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds!” she said.

Everyone can get involved in the 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch. For example, a local activity is taking place on Sunday 29 January, 10am – 12noon when there will be birdwatching and building bird boxes activities at The People’s Park, Ballymena. Bird boxes are useful shelters for birds to nest in, acting as a substitute for the holes birds would normally find in trees. Nest boxes can be especially useful in family gardens where there is often a lot of food, but far fewer trees.

People complete the Big Garden Bird Survey at home as Amy Colvin from RSPB NI explained: “It couldn’t be easier to take part in the survey.

“Pick up a survey leaflet from either your local event, RSPB NI Nature Reserve, or at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

“Then make yourself a cuppa, grab a biscuit and spend just one hour during the Birdwatch weekend counting the visitors to your garden.”

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