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Bexley Big Garden Birdwatch

PUBLISHED: 18:06 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:06 17 January 2013

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Do you know your blackbird from your blue tit or chaffinch? The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' yearly garden birdwatch takes place on January 26 and 27 - and it is looking for Bexley residents to help.

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On January 26, the RSPB Bexley group will host a watch event at Hall Place, which will also celebrate the opening of a new bird hide on the River Cray at the heritage property.

The public can get close to nature and observe some of the bird life, with identification charts and binoculars to give them a helping hand.

Bexley’s most spotted birds in the 2012 survey were house sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons and blue tits.

Bexley RSPB member Martin Burke, who helped to organise the event last year, said: “Anyone can come down and see some great wildlife. The new hide is fantastic.

A Robin at Hall PlaceA Robin at Hall Place

“It’s important to know what migration is taking place and which birds are resident all year. This year we lost almost 80 per cent of our greenfinches because of disease so we will be looking for them.

“If you can’t make it to the garden birdwatch, you can see birds any time of the year in any green space.

“Birdwatchers are not competitive – everyone is very friendly and we like to teach each other about new wildlife.”

n For more information about the birdwatch see www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

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