Thatched gazebo could offer box seat for RSPB event

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Homeowners have been urged to get involved in the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place later this month (January 29th-30th).

Daily Telegraph writer Dominic Couzens reported that more than half a million people are expected to spend at least an hour counting and recording the birds that visit their garden this year, with the results reported to the RSPB set to be among the most significant in the survey's 33-year history.

This is because of the extremely cold weather the country has recently experienced, which is thought to have had a major effect on the populations of many birds.

A comfortable garden structure such as an African thatched gazebo or garden office could provide an ideal place for participating in this year's Birdwatch. According to Mr Couzens, garden birdwatchers are likely to spot some unusual species this year as a result of the cold snap.

"Usually birds such as redwings, fieldfares and bramblings from the Continent spread out over fields and woodlands throughout the winter months and don't necessarily visit gardens," he said.

"This year, however, they have found their usual feeding grounds covered up or frozen out, so they have come to our gardens, looking for cosseted and cultivated berry bushes, as well as fruit or seeds left out for them by kindly humans."

Posted by Martin Corby   - 20 January 2011
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