Wisbech brownies support RSPB bird watch

3rd Wisbech Brownie Unit took part in bird watch
3rd Wisbech Brownie Unit took part in bird watch
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Keen young bird watchers in Wisbech have been out and about.

Brownies and leaders of the 3rd Wisbech Brownie Unit supported the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

The girls all applied to the RSPB for packs which showed them pictures of many birds which they might see.

They also made bird feeders prior to the Big Bird Watch, and these were placed in their gardens to attract the birds.

Leader Lesley Anderson said the girls had got a lot out of the annual event.

She said: “The Brownies really enjoyed taking part in this event, and they have learned a lot more about birds and other wild animals in order to gain their Wildlife Explorer Badges.”

The RSPB launched the Big Garden Bird Watch in 1979 as a winter activity for its junior members.

But now the popularity of the event has grown and in 2001 adults were invited to join in with the count.

The event also plays an important scientific role as it provides a snapshot of bird numbers in the UK.

The count highlights trends and helps scientists to understand our wildlife.

Over the years, house sparrow numbers have halved and the starling population has also dropped.

But blue tit numbers have risen while the wood pigeon population has gone up by 800 per cent.

Parents with daughters interested in joining the Brownies should go to www.girlguiding.org.uk and follow the parent link.