Feathered friends help kids get creative

Finlay, Teddy and Daisy Stein with their creations

Finlay, Teddy and Daisy Stein with their creations

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Youngsters make bird feeders ready for the annual national Big Garden Birdwatch

A host of families flocked to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake to make preparation for the annual national Big Garden Birdwatch.

Georgia Crossley from Freckleton with her bird feeder

Georgia Crossley from Freckleton with her bird feeder

The Birdwatch survey, organised by the RSPB, takes place this weekend is expected to see half a million people around the country taking part. Members of the public are invited to watch bird activity in their gardens or local parks, make a note of the species and report their findings back to their RSPB via its website.

In preparation for the Birdwatch, a weekend at Fairhaven Lake included the opportunity to make bird feeders – and officials at the Centre were delighted at the response.

“We made 26 feeders in six hours over the weekend, which was a wonderful effort and thanks to everyone who came along,” said RSPB learning and visitor experience officer Claire Critchley.

“The Big Garden Birdwatch is an important survey which allows us to track bird activity and it is brilliant that so many people are keen to take part.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is an important survey which allows us to track bird activity and it is brilliant that so many people are keen to take part

“The records from people counting birds in their gardens provides a vital snapshot of the UK’s birds each winter and with it being rather milder this year it will be especially interesting to see the results this time.”

• To coincide with Birdwatch weekend, the Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake is hosting a family trail around the Lake from 11am to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Details of that and other activity from (01253) 796292.

James Haworth of Lytham glues with mum, Nicola

James Haworth of Lytham glues with mum, Nicola

RSPB Officer Claire Critchley chats to visitors to the Big Garden Birdwatch event held in the RSPB Discovery Centre, Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes.

RSPB Officer Claire Critchley chats to visitors to the Big Garden Birdwatch event held in the RSPB Discovery Centre, Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes.

Georgia Crossley keeps an eye on grandad, Brian Crossley, a volunteer at the centre, as he puts on the string

Georgia Crossley keeps an eye on grandad, Brian Crossley, a volunteer at the centre, as he puts on the string

Finlay Stein and his sister Daisy

Finlay Stein and his sister Daisy

James Haworth has fun making his feeder with RSPB Officer Claire Critchley

James Haworth has fun making his feeder with RSPB Officer Claire Critchley

James Haworth has fun making his feeder with RSPB Officer Claire Critchley

James Haworth has fun making his feeder with RSPB Officer Claire Critchley