Pub fans in Mid Sussex are being invited to become bird watchers for a weekend to help a survey.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the south east is adding a new twist to its annual Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place over the weekend of January 26 and 27.
The charity is encouraging pubs with beer gardens, of which there are plenty in Mid Sussex, to get involved too.
The conservation charity is still asking people to take part in their own gardens, but for those without a green space of their own, or those who want to do a second survey, the charity suggests a beer garden would be a fun and sociable alternative.
Nichola Willett, senior community fundraiser for the charity in the south east, said: “We thought pubs would be a great place for people to sit and complete their survey.
“By the end of January, we’re often feeling a little fed up and a trip to the pub with friends may be hovering on the agenda. So the opportunity to settle down by a window, or in a conservatory, with a glass of something chilled to watch and count the birds, could be just the excuse we need.”
The RSPB is looking for volunteers to help organise a ‘Big Pub Garden Birdwatch’ event in their local pub, or similar venue.
The charity says as well as approaching the landlord of the pub, it might be necessary to put up a few feeders and ensure they are topped-up regularly over the coming weeks, to attract as many birds as possible. There are also posters available to help you promote an event.
If you know a local pub that you could approach, or are a landlord and would like to get involved, please contact Nichola Willett on 01273 763614 or email@example.com.Big Garden Birdwatch can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch
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