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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Gallery staff twitching to get started on helping visitors' birdwatch

In the pecking order ... the art gallery.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Scarborough Museums Trust is encouraging budding birders this month with a weekend of events to tie in with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

The survey helps the wildlife charity keep track of some of the nation’s favourite birds.

On the weekend of Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January, museums trust staff will be on hand at Scarborough Art Gallery to lead groups bird counting and identifying in its gardens. Inside, there’ll be family drop-in sessions with themed arts and crafts between 10.30am and noon, and 1.30 to 3pm both days.

Trust’s education officer Rosie Goodwin said: “The gardens around the art gallery are alive with wonderful birds, so we’re delighted to be able to contribute to this important event.”

The Big Garden Birdwatch brings participants closer to nature, and is suitable for all ages and abilities. More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens. For more information: www.rspb.org.uk

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