Nature lovers called to keep an eye out for Wyndham Park’s feathered friends

Nature lovers with a keen eye for our feathered friends are being invited to take part in the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey.

South Kesteven District Council is hosting an event in Wyndham Park, Grantham, as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which runs from January 26 to 29.

Visitors can call in to the Visitor Centre from 10am to 2pm on January 26 to collect a record sheet and then head out to find out which bird species make the park their home.

Youngsters can join in with fun crafts and activities while learning. All activities are free.

“Wyndham Park is home to an abundance of wildlife and birds are a big part of that,” said SKDC’s Cabinet member for Retail and Visitor Economy Cllr Nick Robins.

“By noting the birds that visit the park, and that come to our gardens, people are making a valuable contribution towards efforts to maintain their populations.”

More than half a million people take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, now in its 40th year. The results help the RSPB understand how bird populations are doing.

Although its population is declining, the 2018 survey showed the house sparrow was still the most abundant species. The rest of the top ten was: starling, blue tit, blackbird, woodpigeon, goldfinch, great tit, robin, long-tailed tit, chaffinch.

As well as counting birds, the RSPB is once again asking participants to log other wildlife in their gardens such as badgers, foxes, squirrels, deer, frogs and toads.